The Best NRFI/YRFI Bets Today (No Runs First Inning/Yes Runs First Innings) - Friday (9/23): Odds, Picks, and Analysis

NRFI (No Runs First Inning) bets, pronounced "ner-fee," are sweeping in popularity, offering bettors nail-biting action straight from the first pitch.   

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We focus on today’s best NRFI bet. 

Today's Best NRFI/YRFI Bets

New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox

Friday, September 23rd, 7:05 PM ET on Apple TV+

The Yankees and Red Sox square off Friday night following Thursday’s 5-4 win by New York.  

Game box:

New York Yankees (91-58) vs Boston Red Sox (72-77) 

Game Info: Friday, September 23, 2022, at 7:05 PM (Yankee Stadium)

Starting pitchers: Gerrit Cole (12-7, 3.41 ERA) vs. Rich Hill (7-7, 4.70 ERA)

Yankees vs Red Sox - Best Betting Odds:

Moneyline: Yankees (-200 at BetMGM) vs Red Sox (+185 at PointsBet)

Run line: Yankees -1.5 (+102 at BetRivers) vs Red Sox +1.5 (-110 at PointsBet)

Total: Over 8 (+105 at Caesars) vs Under 8 (-112 at BetRivers)

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Best NRFI/YRFI Bet Today:

Rationale: All eyes remain fixed on Yankees slugger Aaron Judge who continues his historic home run push. Judge typically bats second for the Yankees against left-handed starters, which is the case tonight, and he hits well versus Boston. New York leads MLB in first-inning runs-per-game (0.68), while the Red Sox ranks 15th (0.48). Boston bats have struggled this season versus Yankee pitching, hitting just .216. 

The Red Sox have hit Yankees starter Gerrit Cole well, plating 14 runs over four starts. Cole has surrendered 16 first-inning runs, including nine homers, over 30 starts this season (4.80 ERA). Meanwhile, Boston starter Rich Hill has allowed 15 first-inning runs in 23 starts (5.48 ERA). Over his last 17.2 innings, the 42-year-old Hill has surrendered 24 hits and 13 runs. 

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Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves 

Friday, September 23rd, 7:05 PM ET

The Phillies and Braves resume their series after Philadelphia won Thursday night 1-0.   

Game box:

Philadelphia Phillies (82-67) vs Atlanta Braves (93-57)

Game Info: Friday, September 23, 2022, at 7:05 PM (Citizens Bank Park)

Starting pitchers: Aaron Nola (9-12, 3.38 ERA) vs Jake Odorizzi (5-5, 404 ERA) 

Phillies vs Braves - Best Betting odds: 

Moneyline: Phillies (-150 at PointsBet) vs Braves (+136 at FanDuel)

Run line: Phillies -1.5 (+140 at Caesars) vs Braves +1.5 (-160 at BetMGM)

Total: Over 7 (-105 at Caesars) vs Under 7 (+100 at PointsBet)

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Best NRFI Bet Today:

Rationale: The Phillies maintained their Wild Card lead with their win last night and hope to fend off the Milwaukee Brewers with another victory on Friday. Although both these teams feature top-10 offenses, the 1-0 result last night supports this contest as the best NRFI bet today. 

Philadelphia ranks 15th in first-inning runs-per-game (0.48), while the Braves rank 22nd (0.45). The Phillies haven’t scored a first-inning run over its last three games, and face an Atlanta starter tonight, Jake Odorizzi, who’s only allowed one run in the opening frame over his previous four starts. The Phillies counter with their ace, Aaron Nola, who enters this contest having allowed just five first-inning runs over 29 starts (1.55 ERA).