2017 College World Series Odds & Betting Predictions
The College World Series is currently ongoing in Omaha, Nebraska, and it’s a very underrated event and it’s also basically the last NCAA championship of the season with all colleges then going on summer break before football gets going in a couple of months. Louisville is the slight favorite in the college world series odds to win the national title. It would have been Oregon State, the No. 1 overall seed, but the Beavers are missing arguably the best pitcher in college baseball.
2017 College World Series Odds & Betting Predictions
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Why Oregon State Isn’t the Favorite to Win?
First of all, Luke Heimlich has left the baseball team after it was recently revealed by an Oregon newspaper that when Heimlich was a teenager he pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old girl. As a result of this, he also did not pitch in the Beavers’ super regional against Vanderbilt.
At 54-4, the Beavers had the fewest losses of any team entering a CWS since Texas came in 57-4 in 1982. Heimlich was the team’s top pitcher with an 11-1 record and nation-best 0.76 ERA. He had been projected to be an early-round pick in Major League Baseball’s draft, which ended Wednesday without him being selected. This definitely affected their college world series odds from the get go.
Which Teams Are Participating?
Here is the field for the 71st College World Series: No. 1 overall seed Oregon State, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 LSU, No. 6 TCU, No. 7 Louisville, Florida State, Cal State Fullerton and Texas A&M.
The Results So Far
Oregon State opened the tournament with a 6-5 win Saturday over Cal State Fullerton. The Beavers overcame a late four-run deficit for the victory. It was their 22nd consecutive win, extending the second longest win streak in the sport this year and closing in on the school-record 23-game streak that ended in April.
Also, LSU beat Florida State 5-4. On Sunday, Louisville beat Texas A&M 8-4 and Florida beat TCU 3-0. The CWS is double-elimination. Florida State was to play CS Fullerton in an elimination game on Monday. Oregon State faces LSU. The Tigers similarly started the College World Series with a dramatic come-from- behind win to keep their lengthy win streak intact. They have won 17 consecutive games after dispatching Florida State by scoring twice in the eighth inning of their 5-4 win.
The showdown between the streaks will likely establish a clear-cut favorite heading into the homestretch of the College World Series. The winner will earn three days off before getting two chances to clinch a spot CWS Finals. The loser will play an elimination game Wednesday against either Cal State Fullerton or Florida State.
What Games Are Next?
On Tuesday, Texas A&M faces TCU in an elimination game and Louisville takes on Florida. In the Gators’ opening win, starting pitcher Alex Faedo showed why he was a first round MLB Draft pick with his performance. The junior pitched seven shutout innings and limited the Horned Frogs to just two hits, therefore succeeding in the college world series odds.
Faedo was masterful, striking out 11 batters, hence making him the most ever by a Florida pitcher in a College World Series game. He now has 146 strikeouts on the season, tied for the most in the nation with Louisville’s Brendan McKay, who pitched in the Cardinals’ win earlier on Sunday.
For the Gators, they’re in the CWS for the third consecutive year, which matches the school record from 2010-12. This is the sixth time in eight years UF has advanced to Omaha. Florida is seeking its first appearance in the best-of-three CWS final since 2011, so keep your eyes out for this team. They just might be the surprise.
Louisville was selected as a national seed for the third straight season and the fourth time in school history. The Cardinals were also a national seed in 2010 (No. 7), 2015 (No. 3) and 2016 (No. 2). Louisville is making its 10th NCAA postseason appearance in the last 11 seasons and the program’s 11th NCAA appearance overall.
Player To Watch
Speaking of this player, McKay, the 2017 National Player of the Year, 2017 ACC Player of the Year, three-time John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year and No. 4 selection in the MLB Draft (Tampa Bay Rays), leads the way for the Cardinals ranking second in the nation in total strikeouts as a pitcher while also ranking 21st in the nation in slugging percentage as a hitter.
As a matter of fact, the six-time ACC Pitcher of the Week (four this season) has a 10-3 record with a 2.34 ERA and school record 140 strikeouts while hitting .343 with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs. McKay has a 31-10 career record with a 2.15 ERA and 385 strikeouts (school record) to go with a .328 career batting average.
Upcoming College World Series Schedule
Monday, June 19th
- Game 5 Cal State Fullerton vs. Florida State 2 p.m. ESPN
- Game 6 Oregon State vs. LSU 7 p.m. ESPN
Tuesday, June 20th
- Game 7 Texas A&M vs. TCU 2 p.m. ESPN
- Game 8 Louisville vs. Florida 7 p.m. ESPN
Wednesday, June 21st
- Game 9 Winner of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 6 7 p.m. ESPN
Thursday, June 22nd
- Game 10 Winner of Game 7 vs. Loser of Game 8 8 p.m. ESPN2
Friday, June 23rd
- Game 11 Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 9 3 p.m. ESPN
- Game 12 Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 10 8 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, June 24th
- Game 13 Winner of Game 11 vs. Loser of Game 11* TBD ESPN
- Game 14 Winner of Game 12 vs. Loser of Game 12* TBD ESPN
Championship Series (best of three)
Monday, June 26
- Game 1 TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. ESPN
Tuesday, June 27
- Game 2 TBD vs. TBD 8 p.m. ESPN
Wednesday, June 28
- Game 3 TBD vs. TBD* 8 p.m. ESPN
Recent College World Series Results History
- 2016 – Coastal Carolina defeats Arizona. Score: 0–3, 5–4, 4–3
- 2015 – Virginia defeats Vanderbilt. Score: 1–5, 3–0, 4–2
- 2014 – Vanderbilt defeats Virginia. Score: 9–8, 2–7, 3–2
- 2013 – UCLA defeats Mississippi State. Score: 3–1, 8–0
- 2012 – Arizona defeats South Carolina. Score: 5–1, 4–1
2017 College World Series Odds Betting Pick: LSU Tigers
In conclusion. there’s still a few games to go in the tournament, but I don’t see much changing within the next few days. There might be a couple of suprises, but by the way things are looking right now, I’m liking LSU to take home the national title.