We’re slated for 16 Major League Baseball games on this stacked Saturday in sports! The action starts at 2:10 p.m. ET from Minnesota as the White Sox go for their third straight win against the Twins. Other notable matchups include the Mariners looking for their 13th straight overall win against the Rangers and the Red Sox taking on the Yankees in the Bronx.
Let’s dive into my top three No Runs First Inning (NRFI) bets for today.
Odds Courtesy of Unibet Sportsbook
Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers
The M’s are the hottest team in baseball right now, and they’ll turn to Logan Gilbert as they go for their 13th straight win. As for the Rangers, they’ll counter with Spencer Howard in this divisional matchup scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET from Globe Life Field.
Gilbert has been one of the better pitchers in baseball this season. The 25-year-old right-hander comes in at 10-3 with a 2.80 ERA (15th), and 1.17 WHIP (31st) over 18 starts this year. Most recently, he threw against the Blue Jays on Sunday and was touched up for four earned runs in a no-decision effort. Gilbert allowed nine hits while striking out seven batters.
Howard hasn’t been great this season for the Rangers. The right-hander has made five appearances (three starts) and has an 8.04 ERA and 1.66 WHIP over 15.2 innings. However, Howard’s coming off of a nice outing against the Athletics, where he limited them to one earned run on six hits over 5.0 innings.
Gilbert has dominated Texas this year, posting a 0.71 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in two starts against them. Considering his recent form, he should be able to carve up a mediocre Rangers offense for a third time this season. As for Howard, he has faced the Mariners in 12 at-bats and limited them to four hits (.333) but just one extra-base hit. I like how he looked against Oakland last time, so I’ll take a shot and say he keeps a clean first frame.
Bet: Mariners at Rangers NRFI (-124 via Unibet)
Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals
The Braves go for their third straight win over the Nationals this evening as they turn to Max Fried to handle the starting pitching responsibilities. Paolo Espino gets the nod for the Curly W’s as they look to snap their eight-game skid in this contest set for 4:05 p.m. ET from the nation’s capital.
The combination of Max Fried and Kyle Wright has been dynamic atop the Braves’ starting rotation this season. Fried comes in at 9-3 on the year with a 2.56 ERA (9th) and 1.07 WHIP (18th) over 18 starts. The southpaw last pitched on Monday against the Mets and surrendered a pair of earned runs on five hits and five walks. He lasted 5.0 innings in the losing effort.
Espino is set to make his seventh start of the season, which will be his 27th overall appearance in 2022. The right-hander just threw against the Braves on Sunday and limited them to two earned runs on six hits and a walk over 4.0 innings. The outing moved his ERA to 3.42, and his WHIP sits at 1.23 entering tonight’s game.
Espino held the Braves scoreless in the opening frame in Sunday’s 4-3 loss, and I’m banking on him repeating that tonight. As for Fried, I’m confident he’ll bring his best stuff in a game that the Braves need to keep pace with the Mets in the East. He’s posted a 1.50 ERA over three starts this month and has only allowed two earned runs over his last two (11.0 IP). Let’s ride with NRFI at -105 here.
Bet: Braves at Nationals NRFI (-105 via Unibet)
Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Francisco Giants
Milwaukee and San Francisco split the first two games of this four-game set out west. The first pitch for game three is slated for 7:15 p.m. ET from Oracle Park with a pitching matchup featuring Eric Lauer for the Crew and Alex Cobb for the Giants.
Lauer comes into tonight’s contest with a 6-3 record to go along with a 3.83 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. The left-hander last pitched on Sunday against the Pirates and limited them to three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk over 5.0 innings.
Cobb’s coming off two straight, high-quality starts, both against the Diamondbacks. He limited them to three earned runs on six hits and four walks over 6.0 innings in Monday’s game. He took a loss in the game and moved to 3-4 on the year. Cobb’s ERA sits at 4.57, and his WHIP is 1.38 coming into tonight’s game.
When I think of these two teams, I think of the pitchers. Lauer has emerged as one of the more reliable arms for Milwaukee this year, and he’s been great recently. In two starts this month, the southpaw has posted a 2.45 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 11.0 innings of work. Lauer’s held the Giants to a .246 batting over 61 at-bats in his career with just one extra base-hit. As for Cobb, he’s a guy who’s always been better throwing at Oracle Park. The right-hander sees his ERA come down to 3.62, and opponents are hitting just .252 against him at home. Let’s look for another low-scoring affair in the bay and lock in NRFI to round out tonight’s card.
Bet: Brewers at Giants NRFI (-136 via Unibet)
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