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YRFI/NRFI Picks For April 17: Rox Ready To Allow More Runs

YRFI/NRFI picks (Yes/No Run First Inning) are my favorite MLB bets. And today, April 17, we've got some winners for you:

Pick 1: Cubs vs D-backs No Run First Inning (-105)

Matchup Preview - Game Time: 3:40 pm ET

Sometimes, our two teams fit like perfect puzzle pieces. The Cubs vs D-backs game will seamlessly indulge our NRFI bet. Here's why.

Firstly, the Cubs have surrendered just one first-inning run to their opponents this season. Chicago is stingy, sporting a 12-5 NRFI record (71%), the fourth-best mark in baseball. 

Arizona fits on the other side of the spectrum, with a 12-6 YRFI record, though they're more offensive, scoring a first-inning run in seven contests. 

I envision a scenario where the Cubs stymie a talented Snakes batting order, leaving us with a scoreless first frame.

Pick 2: Rockies vs Phillies Yes Run First Inning (-115)

Matchup Preview - Game Time: 6:05 pm ET

Sometimes you need to keep going to the well. And Colorado is an oasis that never runs dry, especially for YRFI bets. 

For starters, no club in baseball allows more first-inning runs. The Rox are 14-4 YRFI this season, scoring in the first frame eight times and allowing a run 13 times. A deeper dive reveals even more proof. Colorado's pitchers have allowed a .494 wOBA in the first inning this year and (wait for it) a 12.50 ERA! 

It's a circus in the first inning, and with Kyle Freeland's unfortunate injury, the Rockies rotation isn't getting any better. Count on the Phillies to attack early in this contest.

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