Top MLB No Runs First Inning (NRFI) Picks & Odds for Monday, May 23rd (2022)

May 23, 2022 - 3:00 PM

It’s a new week, which means new series are starting up in Major League Baseball. Twenty-four teams take the field tonight as we’re just about a quarter through the season. Some of the more intriguing matchups on the slate tonight include the Phillies taking on the Braves, the Blue Jays squaring off against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, and the Mets continuing their west coast road trip with three games against the Giants.

Here are my three best No Runs First Inning (NRFI) bets for tonight’s 12-game slate: 

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook


Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees

The Orioles and Yankees open up a three-game series tonight in the Bronx, as Baltimore looks to close the 12.5-game gap between themselves and New York. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium, with Jordan Lyles taking on Gerrit Cole. 

This season, Jordan Lyles has performed well, at least relative to some of the numbers we’ve seen him put up in his career. The journeyman hurler is 2-4 with a 4.11 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over eight starts with the O’s. Three of those starts have been against the Yankees, and he owns a 4.76 ERA against New York this year. He recently squared off against the Bombers on Wednesday, allowing just two earned runs over 7.0 innings of work. 

As for Gerrit Cole, he pitched in the same game on Wednesday, matching Lyles’ output of 7.0 innings and allowing a pair of earned runs. The right-hander is 4-0 over eight starts in 2022, and he’s posted a 2.89 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in the process. 

I’ll be locking in NRFI for this matchup tonight in New York. The Yankees’ offense was silenced over 18 innings yesterday, scoring just one run against the White Sox in their doubleheader. While you can’t necessarily say their offense is trending downwards, this may be a good time to take advantage while they’re struggling. Lyles has proven that he can limit the Pinstripes, so we’ll take a shot backing him. On the flip side, Gerrit Cole should have no issue keeping a clean first frame. This year he’s posted a 2.78 ERA at home and has a 2.57 ERA against the O’s this season. In addition, Cole has held the Orioles’ lineup to a .222 batting average over 108 at-bats in his career. 

Bet: Orioles at Yankees NRFI (-130 via FanDuel)

Toronto Blue Jays vs. St. Louis Cardinals

It’s an interleague series between the Blue Jays and Cardinals getting underway tonight from Missouri. This is a brief two-game set with the first pitch in game one set for 7:45 p.m. ET this evening. The Red Birds give Miles Mikolas the nod while the Jays’ rotation rolls over, countering with Jose Berrios. 

Berrios has shown signs of greatness this season, and he’s also shown that he’s capable of getting blown up in any given start. Most recently, it was a fantastic start for the 27-year-old hurler out of Puerto Rico. Berrios shut down the Mariners over 7.0 innings of work on Tuesday, giving up no runs on six hits and two walks. The start brought his ERA down to 4.83, and his WHIP sits at 1.49 entering tonight’s game.

Miles Mikolas has been very dependable for St. Louis in the early going of the 2022 campaign. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 1.68 ERA and 0.99 WHIP over eight starts this year. He last threw on Tuesday, limiting the Mets to a pair of earned runs over 6.0 innings, giving up seven hits and a walk. 

The top of the order for each of these ball clubs boasts some power, hence the -110 line for NRFI in tonight’s game. However, these two starting pitchers have shown that they can produce quality outings this season. Miles Mikolas has the sixth-lowest ERA (1.68) in the league amongst qualified pitchers, and he holds opposing offenses to a .198 batting average when throwing at Busch Stadium. As for Berrios, we’re going to bank on him, building off of his last start against Seattle, where he didn’t surrender a run over 7.0 innings of work. I’ll be locking in NRFI tonight in St. Louis. 

Bet: Blue Jays at Cardinals NRFI (-110 via FanDuel)

New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants

The marquee series of the week features the Mets taking on the Giants in the Bay for three games. Game one is set for 9:45 p.m. ET from Oracle Park tonight in San Francisco, with David Peterson taking on Alex Cobb. 

Peterson is a left-hander who owns a 1-0 record coming into tonight’s action. This season, the 26-year-old has made three starts and four appearances, posting a 1.89 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 19.0 innings pitched. Peterson’s coming off of his worst outing of the year, where he gave up three earned runs over 5.0 innings against the Braves. Before that, he only allowed one earned run over 14.0 innings. 

As for Alex Cobb, he’s 3-1 on the year with a 5.61 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over six starts this season. On Tuesday, the right-hander was blown up for seven runs at Coors Field, giving up ten hits and a walk while striking out four. 

While neither of these hurlers had their best outings recently, I’m still confident in this NRFI wager to round out tonight’s card. This season, the Giants are hitting just .224 against left-handed pitchers, which ranks 21st in the Majors. As for Cobb, his ERA comes down to 3.38 when throwing at Oracle Park. He’s always been one of those guys who is way more dependable at home vs. away. I like for pitching to take center stage in this series, starting tonight in the series opener. Take NRFI tonight in the Bay. 

Bet: Mets at Giants NRFI (-122 via FanDuel)


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