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MLB NRFI Odds, Picks: Back Miles Mikolas & Shane McClanahan to Shut Down Hitters in First Inning (Thursday, June 9)

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Jamie Sabau/Getty Images. Pictured: St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas.

Shayne Trail breaks down his favorite NRFI/YRFI bet of the day below, but you can follow all of his bets in the Action Network app.


Cardinals vs. Rays — No Runs First Inning (-155)

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On Thursday, we travel to Tropicana Field for an NRFI betting angle featuring the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays.

Just two years into his career, Shane McClanahan is going to be a NRFI machine for the Rays. Since he entered the league, he has posted a 30-7 NRFI record, including a 9-2 start to this campaign.

McClanahan is arguably the best NRFI pitcher when his team is favored, boasting a 24-4 NRFI record. In 41 first inning batters, McClanahan has only issued one walk and allowed seven hits holding his foes to a respectable .180 average.

McClanahan hasn’t faced these Cardinals hitters leaving the unfamiliarity to his advantage. His only past matchup is Albert Pujols, who is 0 for 2 overall.

In the last seven days, there have been a few St. Louis hitters in slumps:

  • Albert Pujols: 2 for 12
  • Nolan Gorman: 2 for 15
  • Yadier Molina: 2 for 18

Over the last 15 days in the first inning, the Cardinals are ranked 25th in the first inning with a batting average of .167 overall.

Taking a deeper look, they also managed to rank 28th in hard-hit rate at 21.9% and 27th in soft contact at also 21.9 percent.

On the other side, we have Cardinals and Miles Mikolas, who is 15-5 since the 2021 season. Like McClanahan, Mikolas is also 9-2 to the NRFI in 2022. In 43 first inning batters, Mikolas has only issued four walks and allowed eight hits.

Miles holds some impressive past numbers against the Rays hitters:

  • Kevin Kiermaier: 0 for 2
  • Manuel Margot: 1 for 7
  • Harold Ramirez: 1 for 6

In their last seven days, these Tampa batters are slumping:

  • Manuel Margot: 3 for 23
  • Vidal Brujan: 2 for 16
  • Kevin Kiermaier: 1 for 16

Over the last 15 days for the Tampa hitters in the first inning, they’re ranked 27th with a .167 team batting average. Looking at this split a bit further, they also hold the MLB-worst 30th-ranked soft contact rate at 26.5 percent.

With these first-inning bats playing the way they are, we will see both of these nine NRFI win pitchers pick up double-digit win No. 10 in this game.

Take the NRFI between the Cardinals and Rays at these odds.

As always, six outs to glory…

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