Top MLB No Runs First Inning (NRFI) Picks & Odds for Sunday, July 17th (2022)

Twenty-eight teams take the field today in Major League Baseball as we close out the first half of the 2022 season. The only two teams who won’t play are the Dodgers and Angels, who wrapped up a two-game Freeway Series last night. The Dodgers took both games and finished the first half on a four-game win streak. As for today’s action, a few notable matchups include a rubber match in the Bronx between the Red Sox and Yankees and the Mets going for the three-game sweep over the Cubs at Wrigley. 

Here are my top three No Runs First Inning (NRFI) bets to close out the first half.

Odds Courtesy of Unibet Sportsbook


Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

The Yankees bounced back yesterday with a 14-1 win over the Red Sox, and they’ll look to take the series this afternoon as they send Gerrit Cole to the hill. As for Boston, they’ll counter with Chris Sale, who’s making his second start of the season. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Sale was impressive in his 2022 season debut last week against the Rays. The southpaw threw 5.0 innings of scoreless ball and allowed just three hits and a walk in a no-decision effort. After the first start, his ERA sits at 0.00 while his WHIP is 0.80. 

Cole’s making his final start of the first half before heading to Los Angeles to participate in the All-Star festivities. The right-hander comes into today’s series finale with an 8-2 record to go along with a 3.05 ERA (24th) and 1.01 WHIP (13th) over 18 starts. He’s also struck out the 135 batters this year, good enough for fourth-best in the league. 

Cole’s coming off an electric outing against the Reds on Tuesday night. He went 7.0 scoreless innings and allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out 11. The 31-year-old hasn’t had much success this year against the Red Sox (two starts, 7.20 ERA), but he’s held them scoreless in the first inning in his most recent start. As for Sale, we only have one start this year to work off of, but it was a good one. He’s limited the Yankees to a .252 average over 155 at-bats in his career, including 5-25 (.200) from Aaron Judge and 2-6 (.333) from Giancarlo Stanton. I lean towards these starters bringing their best stuff before heading into the All-Star break. Let’s ride with NRFI in the Bronx today.

Bet: Red Sox at Yankees NRFI (-124 via Unibet)

Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Francisco Giants

The Brewers look to salvage a four-game series split this afternoon, and they’ll turn to Aaron Ashby to get them there. The Giants opt for Logan Webb as they go for their third straight win over the Crew. The first pitch is slated for 4:05 p.m. ET from Oracle Park.

Ashby has been a serviceable option for the Brewers this season. The left-hander comes in at just 2-6 but has posted a 4.37 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over 17 appearances (11 starts). Last time, Ashby limited the Twins to one earned run on six hits and three walks over 4.1 innings of work. It was a no-decision effort that Milwaukee lost 4-1. 

Webb will not make the trip to Los Angeles after tonight’s game, and I think whoever voted on that probably got it wrong. The right-hander is putting together a solid season, coming in at 8-3 with a 2.82 ERA (16th) and 1.11 WHIP (24th). He pitched against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday and held them scoreless over 6.0 innings. Webb allowed five hits and a pair of walks while striking out eight in the 13-0 victory. 

As I mentioned in yesterday’s preview, when I think of these two teams, my mind goes directly to great pitching. Webb has some of the best home splits in baseball, where he’s posted a 2.37 ERA over 10 starts at Oracle. Additionally, he’s faced the Crew in 35 at-bats and limited them to just seven hits (.200). As for Ashby, look for him to build off of that great outing against the Twins last time out. The Giants are just 17th in team batting average (.246) against left-handed pitching this year. I think we’ll be scoreless after one inning at Oracle this afternoon. 

Bet: Brewers at Giants NRFI (-125 via Unibet)

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres

The Padres are looking to break out the brooms this afternoon as they go for the three-game sweep against the Diamondbacks. Mike Clevinger gets the nod in the finale, while the Snakes counter with Merrill Kelly in this divisional clash set for 4:10 p.m. ET in San Diego. 

Kelly has undoubtedly been the ace of the Arizona pitching staff this season. He’s coming off a start against the Giants, allowing just two earned runs on five hits and two walks over 7.0 innings. The winning effort moved him to 8-5, where his ERA and WHIP now sit at 3.36 (31st) and 1.22 (38th), respectively. 

Clevinger’s still finding his footing after finally returning to the Majors. The right-hander has shown signs of greatness but ultimately comes in at 2-2 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over nine starts. Most recently, Clev was touched up for four earned runs on five hits and a walk over 5.1 innings against the Rockies. 

Clevinger made back-to-back starts against the Dbacks in June and limited them to one earned run over 10.0 innings of work. The team is just 5-32 (.156) against him in his career. As for Kelly, he’s posted a 2.21 ERA over three starts this month. Look for him to keep the momentum going and close out the first half on a high note. The 33-year-old has faced the Padres once this year, and he blanked them over 4.0 innings in his season debut. Look for a low-scoring affair this afternoon in the Bay.

Bet: Diamondbacks at Padres NRFI (-136 via Unibet)


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Author: Micheal May