MLB Saturday YRFI/NRFI best bets today 8/13: Back Dylan Bundy

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Dylan Bundy (37) walks off of the field after the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

One of the shortest-lasting bets you can make in an MLB game is if a run will be scored in the first inning. All it takes is 6 outs to glory, but one swing of the bat can make or break your bet. There is also a lot of value in these bets because the odds are usually very well priced and if you’re not a fan of sweating out your bets for 3 hours, this one will take only about 15 minutes to win or lose.

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There are 2 YRFI/NRFI bets I like today, so let’s get right into it.

Detroit Tigers vs Chicago White Sox: NRFI (-120)

These offenses are slumping hard. In the series opener, the game finished with 2 runs, and neither offense could get anything going through the first 6 innings. Without Tim Anderson, the White Sox offense is lifeless. They have a solid first few hitters in Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and Jose Abreu, but the talent level falls off a cliff after that. The White Sox have failed to score a first inning run in 14 consecutive games, and I don’t see that streak ending on Saturday. Chicago will have Lucas Giolito on the mound, who has not been the best pitcher on their staff this season, but he has not allowed a run in his 2 starts against the Tigers this season.

The Tigers have scored a first-inning run in just one of their last 15 games. Their run production has been terrible since the all-star break as they rank 30th in OBP and wRC+ in the second half of the season. Things get even worse for Detroit when they’re on the road as they rank 30th in batting average, OBP, SLG and OPS when they’re away from Comerica Park. They will have Matt Manning on the mound, who has been good this season, but he’s been at his best in the first inning. In 4 starts, opponents are hitting .143 in the first frame against him. These offenses are severely underperforming and have not been scoring early in games, so back the NRFI in Chicago.

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Minnesota Twins vs Los Angeles Angels: NRFI (-105)

The last time the Twins scored in the first inning was July 26. That’s 14 consecutive games without a first-inning run for Minnesota, so why not ride the trend and back the NRFI near even odds? Dylan Bundy will be on the mound for the Twins as he returns to Angel Stadium, where he pitched for 2 seasons as an Angel before joining Minnesota. The veteran has not allowed a first-inning run in 8 of his last 9 starts, and he has found a lot of success in the first frame this season. In 19 starts, opponents are batting .236 with just a .263 OBP against him in the first inning. Shohei Ohtani is one of many Angels hitters who have struggled against Bundy in their careers as the Angels star is 0-for-7 against him.

Reid Detmers has pitched well this season with a 3.44 ERA and a 3.92 xERA through 89 innings, and he’s been stellar in the first frame. In 17 starts, opponents are hitting .197 against him in the first inning. I expect the Twins to have Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa at the top of their order, and only Correa has faced Detmers of the three. In 3 at-bats against the Angels lefty, Correa is 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Neither team has been scoring in the first frame recently, and with a solid pitching matchup, that trend should continue today.

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