Even with MLB’s new pitch clock, you still have to wait a few hours to sweat out your MLB picks. But, with Yes/No Runs First Inning bets, you get the same betting drama and tension plus a nearly-immediate result.
Below we have a complete breakdown of the Yes/No Run First inning betting trends, the best MLB teams for each side of the wager and a complete breakdown of what these YRFI/NRFI markets are:
Yes/No First Inning Runs Betting Trends
|Team||# Games||1st Inning Runs Scored per game||1st Inning Runs Against per game||# Games with a run in the 1st Inning (For/Against)||# Games w/o a run in the 1st Inning (For/Against)|
|Chi White Sox||86||0.43||0.6||40||46|
Diamondbacks Top YRFI Bet
Arizona burst onto the scene as a contender this season, and it currently leads the NL West. Ketel Marte, Christian Walker, and NL ROTY candidate Corbin Carroll have been dominant at the plate, often scoring quickly and cashing the YRFI.
Marlins Great NRFI Squad
On the flip side, the Marlins have the dream combination for a No Runs First Inning bet: stagnant hitting and great starting pitching. These two sides of their roster combine for the league’s best NRFI bet: 28-58. They lead the league in NRFIs by eight games, as the Twins trail them with just 50.
That lack of offense is the same problem Miami had last year and the same problem they tried to fix with offseason additions Luis Arraez, Jean Segura and Yuli Gurriel. But, this year’s team looks like the same old Marlins. It’s not great for Miami’s offense, but it’s perfect for NRFI bets!
Braves Strong First Inning Team
The Braves currently sit atop the MLB standings, and they also lead in first inning runs scored with a whopping 1.04 per game. Ronald Acuña, Matt Olson and Austin Riley make for a terrifying top-of-lineup that has helped bettors cash the YRFI all season.
Atlanta is just dominant in the opening frame, and it has actually allowed the fewest runs per first inning in the league. You might have to rely on its star hitters to cash your YRFI bet more often than its opponent.
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What Are YRFI/NRFI Bets?
YRFI/NRFI stands for ‘Yes Run First Inning’ or ‘No Run First Inning’. Simply put, this is a betting market where you’re predicting if there will or will not be at least one run scored in the first inning of a game. This run can come from either team, in the top or bottom half of the inning. It’s just an OVER/UNDER 0.5 runs scored wager for the first inning of game. Here’s an example of what the market would look like at your MLB sportsbook:
Will There Be a 1st Inning Run In the Brewers vs Cardinals Game?
Many YRFI/NRFI odds are close to even money for both sides of the wager. In this case, a winning $100 bet on either side of the market would pay out $186.96, per our odds calculator. You just pick if you think the Brewers and/or the Cards will get to the starting pitchers early, and choose which side you’re riding with.