2019 College World Series Betting Odds with Expert Wagering Predictions
The field is set, and the 2019 College World Series will start on Saturday, June 15, with things wrapping up on June 26 at the latest. The eight teams represent four conferences, with an impressive four coming from the SEC. In a second, I will break down things from a methodical, odds driven basis. But first, let me bring my true, completely unbiased feelings forward - my beloved Michigan Wolverines are going to smoke the field! With that said, let's look at the odds from BetOnline ad how the tournament sets up:
Arkansas (+300): The fifth-ranked team in the country entering the tournament cruised through their regional, and then blew out sixth-ranked Mississippi State in two of their three games in the Super Regional. They were in Omaha last year as well and lost to Oregon State for the title. That experience will help, as will having seven draft picks. They are on the easier side of the bracket here and are a deserving favorite.
Vanderbilt (+300): This team is on an incredible tear, having won 30 of their last 32. And they had a ridiculous 13 players drafted, highlighted by fielder JJ Bleday, who went fourth overall to Miami. And what a statement they made in game two of their Super Regional against Duke. After shockingly getting blown out in the opener to Duke, pitcher Kumar Rocker struck out 19 in a no-hitter - the first ever in a super regional. They were the second-ranked team in the country, which makes them the highest-ranked team here. With the talent and the momentum, they are going to be tough - though they won't play any easy games. The program won the championship in 2014, which doesn't give the players that experience, but the staff knows how to win. Deserving favorites.
Mississippi State (+350): The Bulldogs made it to Omaha last year with an interim coach and are back this year under new manager Chris Lemonis, who became the winningest first-year manager in SEC history. Ranked sixth heading into the tournament, they have cruised to get here. They are driven by 10 draft picks, including stellar pitcher Ethan Small, a first-round pick with an amazing season going. They get a break here opening against Auburn.
Louisville (+800): The seventh-ranked Cardinals won the two games in the Super Regional against East Carolina by a combined 26-1 score, so they are a dangerous team that is feeling good. The program was in the CWS in 2017, but only two players remain from that squad. They open against Vanderbilt in a game that really promises fireworks.
Texas Tech (+850): Eighth-ranked Texas Tech survived an absolute death match against ninth-ranked Oklahoma State in their Super Regional, so they are very much battle tested. They are another squad returning from last year's World Series. The leader of this squad is shortstop Josh Jung, the Big 12 player of the year and the eighth overall pick by Texas. They open against Michigan, which is better than some options - or at least it would be if Michigan wasn't the best team in the world at anything - and they are another threat in this tough field. I see a little value in this price.
Florida State (+900): The Seminoles, like Auburn and Michigan, are an upstart squad that got here by overcoming a highly-ranked foe. They destroyed fourth-ranked Georgia twice in a row to win their regional and then got past Top 15 LSU in two straight to win the Super Regional and advance here. This is coach Mike Martin's 40th and final year managing the Seminoles, and his 17th CWS appearance, but he hasn't won one. It would be a great story if they could get that for him, but it isn't likely to happen. Like Michigan, they were one of the last four teams in the field, so their ride has already been a wild one.
Auburn (+1000): Auburn had to beat third-ranked Georgia Tech twice to win their regional then beat up on a Top 15 North Carolina team twice in three games in the Super Regional. They are rolling right now, but they have gone just 2-8 in 10 games against the teams in this field this year, so they need to keep things rolling to have a chance. Their four-team bracket includes three teams ranked in the Top 7, so things are going to be tough. Not much value here.
Michigan (+1400): My heart tells me that this is the greatest underdog play in the history of sports. My head says that very likely isn't true. But what a roll this team is on. They were one of the last four at-large teams invited into the 64-team field. After coming from behind to beat Creighton to win their regional, they faced the daunting task of traveling to UCLA to play the top-ranked team in the country. They won the opener, lost the second in 12 innings, and then capped the big upset in the finale. The pitching has been incredible, and they are playing very loose. They probably don't have the talent to keep up in Omaha, but it's a matter of how long CInderella can last before that clock strikes midnight. They are a long shot for a reason, but they are easy to root for - even if your blood doesn't run maize and blue like mine does.
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