MLB NRFI betting odds, picks for Saturday, May 4: Gilbert, Valdez, Glasnow in top form

The MLB slate on Saturday is packed with excellent pitching matchups with the likes of Logan Gilbert, Framber Valdez and Tyler Glasnow taking the mound. A great way to get in on the MLB betting action this weekend and take advantage of low-scoring games is to bet on NRFIs — No Run First Inning wagers.

With NRFIs, you’re betting that neither team will score a run in the first inning — if both starting pitchers put up zeroes in the first, you win. NRFIs have become one of the most popular bets in baseball over the past few seasons.

Let’s take a look at the full slate of MLB games today and offer our favorite NRFI picks for Saturday, May 4, at the best U.S. sportsbooks.

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MLB NRFI picks for Saturday, May 4

Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees NRFI odds

The Tigers will have former No. 1 overall pick Casey Mize on the mound on Saturday against the Yankees. He missed almost two full seasons after Tommy John surgery but has looked solid this season and has been building with each outing. He has gone five or more innings in his last four starts and has not given up more than two earned runs in any of them. In his six appearances this season, he has only given up a first-inning run once. The Yankees will counter with Clarke Schmidt, who has only given up a first-inning run one time this season. He has been solid overall with a 2-1 record, a 3.19 earned run average and 24 strikeouts in 31 innings.

Chicago White Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals NRFI odds

Erick Fedde will take the mound for the White Sox after spending the 2023 season pitching in the KBO. He made 30 starts and had a 2.00 ERA with 209 strikeouts in 180.1 innings in Korea. That confidence has helped him become the best starter for the White Sox this season. Chicago might not be excellent, but Fedde has been a bright spot with a 2.60 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 34.2 innings, and he has not allowed a first-inning run in three of his last four games. Thirty-six-year-old veteran Lance Lynn will take the ball for the Cardinals. Age is just a number, as Lynn has been incredible this season with a 2.64 ERA. He has also not allowed a first-inning run over his last three outings and only allowed a first-inning run once in six starts this season. 

San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies NRFI odds

On the mound for the Giants is Keaton Winn, who has been very good over his last three appearances. Winn has gone exactly six innings and allowed one earned run in each of his last three outings. The righty has only allowed a first-inning run once — in his first game of the season. Similarly, Ranger Suarez allowed first-inning run in his first time out but has been clean in the opening frame over his last five outings. He boasts the second-best ERA in baseball at 1.32 and has only given up one earned run in his last 33 innings pitched.

Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers NRFI odds

This matchup was close to being our NRFI pick of the day with Bryce Elder facing off with Tyler Glasnow. Elder will be making his third start of the season, and he has not allowed a first-inning run in his first two attempts. He has pitched 12 innings total, has only allowed two earned runs and the Braves have won both games he has pitched. Glasnow got an early beginning to the season in the Seoul Series, and this will be his eighth time toeing the rubber. He has only allowed a first-inning run once, and he has a 2.72 ERA with 53 strikeouts in only 43 innings this season.

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NRFI pick of the day: Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros

Two of the best pitchers in baseball face off on Saturday, with Logan Gilbert on the bump for Seattle and Framber Valdez for the Astros. Gilbert has a 2.03 ERA, 44 strikeouts and a 0.80 WHIP, each ranking in the top 15 in the majors. Valdez has a 2.60 ERA and will be making his fourth appearance of the season after missing some time early. He has looked better with each outing and has not allowed a first-inning run so far, while Gilbert has not allowed a first-inning run in his six starts this season.

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