Monday MLB NRFI Odds & Pick: First-Inning Aces Will Thrive in Diamondbacks vs. Marlins (May 2)

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Megan Briggs/Getty Images. Pictured: Pablo López.

  • Monday's NRFI bet comes from an uninspiring matchup between the Diamondbacks and Marlins.
  • Zac Gallen and Pablo López are off to stellar starts this season, going a combined 7-0 for the NRFI.
  • Shayne Trail breaks down the pitchers and explains his pick below.

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.

Diamondbacks at Marlins — No Runs First Inning (-141)

MatchupDiamondbacks (Gallen) vs. Marlins (López)
First Pitch6:40 p.m. ET
Best LineCaesars

On Monday, we will attack two poorly hitting National League teams to deliver us a NRFI.

Pablo López is off to a fantastic start in 2022, going 4-0 to the NRFI. He has faced 16 batters in the first inning and only allowed two hits, resulting in a .143 batting average against. López is also 12-2 at home to the NRFI and 2-0 since the start of 2020 against the Diamondbacks.

Arizona is among the worst offenses in the MLB. The D'backs currently have the worst first-inning batting average in MLB at .122 and the second-worst on the road.

López has the edge when it comes to likely Diamondbacks hitters he'll face, as well:

  • David Peralta: 0-for-4
  • Carson Kelly: 0-for-6
  • Ketel Marte: 1-for-3

The Diamondbacks hitters have been struggling even more as of late. Specifically the last seven days. Marte is just 2-for-23. Here are other woefully struggling bats:

  • Seth Beer: 0-for-20
  • Christan Walker: 3-for-25
  • Peralta: 3-for-21
  • Kelly: 1-for-13

On the mound for Arizona, we have Zac Gallen, who has been extremely promising going 3-0 to the NRFI thus far.

Gallen hasn’t allowed a single hit yet in the first inning in 2022 against 10 hitters. Opposing hitters are just 1-for-25 with 11 strikeouts when facing Gallen the first time through the lineup this season.

The only Marlins batter who has faced Gallen is Avisaíl Garcia, who is 0 for 2.

Miami's bats haven't been much better than Arizona's of late. In the last seven days, Jesús Sánchez (.111) and Jorge Soler (.136) have been struggling of late, while Garcia is hitting .194 for the season.

In the last 14 days, the Marlins are slumping especially at home in the first inning, during which they rank 23rd with a .176 batting average.

As always, six outs to glory…

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