Top MLB No Runs First Inning (NRFI) Picks & Odds for Wednesday, August 10 (2022)

Aug 10, 2022 - 1:30 PM

We keep breaking even as we racked up another 1-1 record last night. However, we’re bound to sweep the board, and today, we’ll get an early start with our first pick taking place in the afternoon. So, with only hours to first pitch, let’s not waste any more time and dive into the top NRFI plays of the day.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Milwaukee Brewers 2:10 pm ET

We’ll kick things off with an afternoon matchup as Brandon Woodruff is set to face off against Jeffrey Springs. Woodruff has been phenomenal since mid-May as he’s not allowed more than three runs in 11 straight starts. He’s also been excellent in the first inning as he has a 2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through 16 starts. Woodruff has also struck out 28 percent of the batters he faced in the first inning. He should be the perfect guy to silence a Rays offense that ranks eighth in first-inning runs per game.

As for the bottom half of the inning, Jeffery Springs will be tasked with putting up a zero against a Brewers lineup that will have a significant splits edge. However, there’s no indication that will impact him as he’s been much better against righties than lefties this season. He will likely face one lefty in Christian Yelich, but regardless of how the top of the order is configured, I like Springs chances here. In 14 starts, he has a 2.57 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in the first inning. Just like his counterpart, he’s well armed against another lineup that gets off to fast starts.

Pick: NFRI -135

Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies 7:05 pm ET

Going back to the well worked for us last night, let’s give the Marlins ace, Sandy Alcantara, the chance to shoulder the load here. Alcantara enters this outing off his second complete-game shutout of the season in his last start. He’s been the best pitcher in the majors this year, and he’s continued to prove it time and time again. Fortunately for us, his dominance starts in the first inning as he holds a 1.64 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP through 22 starts this year. Philly has been the hottest team when it comes to scoring in the first lately, but they are bound to regress, and Alcantara is poised to cool them off quickly.

As for the other half of the inning, Noah Syndergaard will get the ball for his second start in a Philly uniform since coming over at the trade deadline. His first start did not go well as he allowed four runs on 11 hits in five innings of work to the Washington Nationals. However, he has a much better matchup today against a Miami lineup that has been the worst in baseball since the All-Star break. They also get off to very slow starts as they are second to last in first-inning scoring on the season. The first inning has been a problem for Syndergaard, but we have already seen him and Alcantara combine for an NRFI when the two squared off on July 5th. So I’m expecting the duo to go two for two this evening.

Pick: NRFI -130


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