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MLB NRFI Odds, Picks: Robbie Ray & Cristian Javier Are First-Inning Aces (Monday, June 6)

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Michael Reaves/Getty Images. Pictured: Robbie Ray.

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.

Mariners vs. Astros — No Runs First Inning (-125)

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On Monday, we travel to Houston to bet a NRFI between the Mariners and Astros.

Christian Javier is sneakily a NRFI phenomenon. Since 2020, he is 22-3 to the NRFI with a 5-1 mark this year. His home NRFI split stands at 12-1, with the one YRFI coming via a solo home run.

Javier has faced 89 batters in the first inning in his career, only issuing six walks while holding hitters to a .108 average. When facing hitters the first time through the order, he is holding them to a .156 average.

Javier has gone 3-0 to the NRFI against the Mariners in his career. Here’s how he has fared against the Seattle lineup in his career:

  • Adam Frazier: 1-for-4
  • J.P. Crawford: 2-for-7
  • Ty France: 1-for-7
  • Jesse Winker: 0-for-2
  • Eugenio Suarez: 0-for-2

In the last seven days, J.P Crawford and Adam Frazier have struggled, going 4-for-24 and 2-for-22.

Robbie Ray was the Mariners’ hot offseason acquisition, and he’s off to a hot NRFI run in 2022 at 10-1. Against 44 first-inning batters, Ray has only issued two walks.

Here is how the left-hander has fared in his career against Houston:

  • Jose Altuve: 6-for-14
  • Alex Bregman: 1-for-5
  • Yuli Gurriel: 1-for-4
  • Aledmys Diaz: 0-for-3

It should be noted that Altuve’s numbers are from 2014-16. He hasn’t gotten a hit off Ray since ’18.

Over the last 14 days, the Astros are the 30th-ranked first-inning hitting team with a .132 average.

As always, six outs to glory…

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