MLB NRFI Picks Today | Custom Bet for Shohei Ohtani & Clayton Kershaw (Wednesday, August 23)

MLB NRFI Picks Today | Custom Bet for Shohei Ohtani & Clayton Kershaw (Wednesday, August 23) article feature image

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images. Pictured: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)

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

Shohei Ohtani & Clayton Kershaw

Reds vs. Angels, 4:07 p.m. ET | Dodgers vs. Guardians, 7:10 p.m. ET

Our first custom NRFI selection for the day showcases Angels standout Shohei Ohtani.

This season, Ohtani has shined with a 16-6 NRFI record, including an impressive 11-2 home NRFI split. This feat elevates Ohtani's overall NRFI performance to an impressive 22-5 while pitching at home since 2022.

When encountering batters during their initial appearance in the lineup, Ohtani's performance stands out, as he concedes a mere .122 average across 172 at-bats.

Ohtani's advantage today is further enhanced by his lack of prior encounters with Reds hitters, granting him the edge of unfamiliarity.

Additionally, a slump among Reds players, including young star Elly De La Cruz — who's managed just two hits in his last 17 at-bats for a .118 average — and Spencer Steer — with a comparable .167 average, having secured only three hits in his last 18 at-bats — adds to Ohtani's favorable position.

Our second custom NRFI selection for the day features Dodgers seasoned veteran Clayton Kershaw.

This season, Kershaw has impressed with a 14-4 NRFI record, contributing to his overall NRFI prowess of 33-7 since 2022.

When confronting batters in their initial appearance in the order, Kershaw's efficiency shines, allowing only a .211 average across 152 at-bats.

Previous encounters against the Guardians' lineup illustrate Kershaw's proficiency, highlighted by his control over hitters like Kole Calhoun (2-for-18) and Jose Ramirez (1-for-5).

Kershaw's advantage today is bolstered by the current slump of Ramon Laureano, who's secured just six hits in his last 34 at-bats, resulting in a .177 average.

A similar downturn has impacted Ramirez, who's managed only eight hits in his last 41 at-bats for a .191 average.

This custom NRFI selection is -167 on DraftKings.

As always, six out to glory.

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