College Baseball World Series best bets for today 6/17: Sooners start now

Smoke fills the field as David Sandlin (28) looks to pitch as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys at O'Brate Stadium on OSU campus in Stillwater on Saturday, April 9, 2022
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Keith Schmelter

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The College Baseball World Series begins on Friday, June 17 and there are two matchups to bet on. The first game in Omaha will feature the exciting Oklahoma Sooners facing the red-hot Texas A&M Aggies, and that game will be followed by the prolific Texas Longhorns offense battling the outstanding Notre Dame Fighting Irish pitching staff.

In celebration of the College Baseball World Series starting, I have a bet in both games on Friday. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Oklahoma Sooners ML (-130) vs Texas A&M Aggies

If you don’t know the name Jake Bennett, you will soon. Bennett is the ace of the Sooners’ starting rotation and compiled a 9-3 record with a 3.53 ERA and a .235 OBA this season. The 6’6 starter showcased his dominance in the Blacksburg Super Regional as he went 7 innings and allowed just 1 run while recording 8 punchouts. He should be able to give the Sooners at least 6 innings of quality work before they turn to their excellent bullpen led by Trevin Michael, who is 4-1 with a 2.94 ERA and a .209 OBA this season.

Oklahoma’s offense is good, but their pitching will carry them in this game against Texas A&M. If the Sooners’ offense can give Bennett one run and have their ace exit the game with Oklahoma winning, they will win the game. Back Bennett and the Sooners to win their first game in Omaha.

Texas Longhorns ML (-134) vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish

If there’s one team that I don’t want to face in the first round, it’s Texas. Their offense enters Omaha with the best team batting average (.318), slugging percentage (.560), and homers (128) of the eight teams remaining and Golden Spikes Finalist Ivan Melendez will lead the Longhorns lineup. Notre Dame’s pitching has been top-tier all season, but if Tennessee was able to rock the Fighting Irish pitching staff, Texas can too.

The Fighting Irish were able to stage a huge comeback in Game 3 in the Knoxville Super Regional against Tennessee, but Texas’ bullpen should eliminate that chance. The Longhorns ace Pete Hansen had a below-average start in the Super Regional, but he was incredibly reliable all season with an 11-2 record and a 3.40 ERA with a .223 OBA. I expect Hansen to bounce back on Friday night and lead Texas to their first victory in Omaha.

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