Gainesville NCAA Regional Odds & Picks: How to Bet Florida & Central Michigan in College Baseball Tournament
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Gainesville Regional Odds
The Gators are the zombies of college baseball postseason play this year.
Staff ace Hunter Barco suffered an injury that required Tommy John surgery at a point the in the season when Florida lost 5-of-6 in consecutive series’ against Vanderbilt and Tennessee.
Kevin O’Sullivan is in his 15th season as head coach of the Gators — with a national championship in 2017 — but this season may have been his best campaign to date.
A pair of Brandons — Sproat and Neely — have led the pitching staff to a rank of 31st in ERA and 11th in WHIP.
However, the opening line of Florida -280 against Central Michigan is complete overinflation.
The Chippewas, winners of baseball #MACtion, may not have the overall team numbers to impress, but staff ace Andrew Taylor is a force to be reckoned with. In 79 innings pitched, the flamethrower has amassed 117 strikeouts while allowing just 28 earned runs.
Central Michigan +250 is a play against Florida through +130.
Game 1 of the Regional will see Oklahoma — ranked 20th in RPI — against a Liberty team that lost three of its 10 games against top-25 competition.
The Sooners at -125 is the correct value if projected starter Carson Atwood faces Flames ace Dylan Cumming.
For Central Michigan +950 to have any shot, Taylor must throw from the bullpen in games he doesn’t start. No other team has the fielding percentage or home run pop that Florida boasts.
While the true odds for the Gators are +130 in Gainesville, there may be a chance to grab them at a better number if the Chippewas send them to the losers’ bracket on Friday.
Pick: Central Michigan Over Florida (+250) | Florida to Win Gainesville Regional (+110)
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