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College World Series Betting – Seminoles Finally Win First Baseball Crown

Posted by Dale ‘Skip’ Lalonde on 5/18/2011 6:41:46 PM
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Online betting players are gearing up for the 65th edition of the College World Series, in which you can find the baseball stars of tomorrow, and this year’s winner will be a team that has made plenty of appearances in this tournament, but they’ve been unfortunate to go winless….until this year.

  • What: NCAA Baseball Betting
  • When: June 18-29, 2011
  • Where: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE
  • Pick: Florida State

The Favorites

Virginia is looking to get back to the College World Series finals for the first time since losing to Arkansas in extra innings in the second round of the 2009 tournament, and they’re doing it with a pitching staff that is third in the nation in ERA. The Cavaliers are one of five ACC teams you would consider putting among the 25 in the nation, but Virginia is the class of the field because of their brilliant pitching. Florida State is also in the mix as they look for their first college baseball crown after 20 appearances in the World Series, coming in eighth in runs scored, but they could stand to shore up their pitching, which is 42nd in ERA.

Outside of the ACC, the defending champions from South Carolina will be in the hunt as they aim to be the first school since Oregon State in 2006 and 2007 to win back-to-back champions. The Gamecocks are 10th in ERA and 50th in runs scored, but don’t count on many stolen bases for South Carolina as they rank 250th in that category. Vanderbilt is another SEC team for you to watch, and they are definitely following the pitching blueprint which figures to be a major story during the College World Series, as the Commodores are fourth in strikeouts and fifth in ERA.

Finally, another SEC team rounds out the top five as Florida should make their seventh appearance in the College World Series, ranking 13th in ERA, 18th in home runs, and first in walks allowed.

The Second Tier

Texas leads the baseball betting favorites for the second tier as they aim for their first title since 2005, which was their seventh (second to USC’s 12 championships). The Longhorns lead the country in ERA, they don’t make many mistakes as they’re fifth in fielding, but they don’t generate a lot of runs, so they have to lean heavily on their pitching and fielding. North Carolina is still looking for their first championship, and they’re a balanced group, ranking 13th in runs scored and eighth in fielding, but their 52nd-place ranking in ERA should be an area of concern.

Of course, Arizona State should be a consideration for baseball betting players as they aim for title No.6, although a win would be their first championship since 1981. The problem is, the Sun Devils don’t really do anything great, they just do everything well, and you can’t be sure if their pitching (ranked 34th in ERA) will be able to make up for a lack of runs (83rd in runs scored).
Georgia Tech will be out to make their fourth appearance in the College World Series, and their first since 2006, and they have a strong pitching staff which ranks 11th in ERA, and they’re 28th in runs scored, so they could pull it out. Four-time champion Cal State Fullerton are also looking to find their way into the College World Series, but they’re going to have troubles overcoming their lack of runs (162nd in runs scored), and they’re 223rd in homers. Ranking 16th in ERA may not even save them.

The Longshots

Stanford kicks off the list of darkhorses, and they haven’t won a title since back-to-backs in 1987 and 1988, but their pitching probably isn’t good enough to make up for their lack of runs. TCU is aiming to join their Rose Bowl-winning football program in shocking the world after making their first appearance in the College World Series last year, and seriously, don’t sleep on the Horned Frogs, who are 74th in runs scored and 21st in ERA, but they have bats that can get hot in a hurry (17th in slugging). Miami is stuck on four championships after their 2001 win, but they haven’t been to the College World Series since 2008.

Rice has also missed the tournament for the last three years, and they’re trying to add to their 2003 title, but they have pitching (32nd in ERA) and not a lot of hitting (97th in runs, 212th in slugging). Stetson may be a better baseball betting pick than Rice, but playing in the Atlantic Sun may scare some folks off.

The Longshots

It’s all about making it to the eight-team tournament, and the SEC and ACC seem to be the places to look for a winner. The SEC has won the last two College World Series with LSU and South Carolina, but it’s the ACC’s year as they haven’t won since Miami in 2001. We’re wagering on a Florida State-Texas final, and it should be as exciting as a football game between these two collegiate powerhouses would be. Even though pitching is the in thing right now, look for Florida State’s offense to carry them to a sports betting victory.

College World Series Betting Pick: Florida State

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