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Best NRFI Bets Today, Best NRFI Picks, Predictions and Odds April 22

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Today’s Best NRFI Picks For April 22nd

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Over the last two weeks, our NRFI recommendations are 13-3. Is that good? We think that’s good. Today, we look to build on our success in the first-inning market. What are the best NRFI bets to make today? Let’s dive in.

Best NRFI Bets Today – Free NRFI Picks

NRFI Prediction 1: Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees (-110)

The Yankees and Athletics start a series today in the Bronx, and we do not anticipate fireworks in the first inning. New York, despite the names at the top of its lineup, has been one of the worst first-inning teams in the MLB. New York averages just .27 runs per first inning. The Yankees will face lefty J.P., whom they saw last season. The Yankees did well against Sears last year, but Sears has been better to start this season. Based on the Yankees’ inability to get it going in the first, we expect them to be held in check for three outs.

The Athletics have a weak top of the batting order, and we do not expect them to play well to start today’s game. Oakland is scoring .36 runs per first inning, and today, they face lefty Carlos Rodon. The current A’s lineup has not seen much of Rodon, so there is not a lot of data to use. However, he has his best numbers the first time through the batting order, so considering his ability to ring up strikeouts early and the A’s lack of first-inning success, this is a great NRFI bet to make.

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NRFI Best Bet Today #2: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays (-145)

There’s a lot of juice on this NRFI bet, but the juice is worth the squeeze. The Tigers and Rays are both in the middle of the pack in runs scored in the first inning, averaging .5 runs and .52 runs, respectively. However, given the pitchers on the bump for both of these teams, we do not expect a good output from either of these teams in the first frame.

Tarik Skubal makes the start for the Tigers, and his pitching style leads to a lot of strikeouts and a lot of missed bats. Skubal has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since coming back from injury last season, and the current Rays’ lineup has a .243 xwOBA against Skubal, which is very low. Zack Littell makes the start for the Rays, and the current Tigers lineup has a .303 xwOBA against him. Considering these two pitchers’ strengths and these teams’ lack of output in the first, this is a great NRFI candidate.

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