Tennessee vs LSU Odds, Picks | College World Series Betting Preview
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Tennessee vs LSU Odds
-120 / -110
-120 / -110
While Chase Burns is getting most of the well-deserved spotlight for his incredible relief performance in yesterday's victory over Stanford, this Tennesse lineup has to be given credit as well. It's a group that has started to click at the right time and is more dangerous as the game progresses.
The Vols rallied for four runs against Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year Quinn Mathews and knocked him out of the game after he cruised through the first few innings. This lineup has proven on multiple occasions that it's great at making adjustments throughout the game, and the majority of its production has come when it faces a starter the second or third time through.
Tenneesse may not get the opportunity to see the same arm twice in this game, as LSU doesn't have a concrete third starter. Tigers head coach Jay Johnson said they would have nine different arms available for this game.
It may seem like an issue for Tennessee, but we must remember that this LSU bullpen is not one to be trusted. Plus, the Vols have already done damage against them in the College World Series.
After providing decent run support for Paul Skenes in its first game, this prolific LSU lineup was held in check by Wake Forest yesterday. I mentioned how the Tigers had struggled with left-handed pitching, and that was the case as they failed to square up Josh Hartle consistently and thus failed in multiple scoring opportunities.
However, they must pick themselves up quickly because Tennessee is back with Drew Beam on the mound. Beam has put together a great sophomore campaign, which includes a start in the only game the Vols won over LSU this season.
Beam went four innings in that outing, allowing eight hits and one earned run while striking out four. He received no help from his defense, as the Vols had three errors behind him.
Beam won't be hung out to dry if he gets in trouble here, though, because the Tennesse bullpen is well-rested after Burns' fantastic effort yesterday.
We know the Vols have a very deep pitching staff, which should be on full display tonight.
Tennessee vs LSU Betting Pick
The Vols have a tremendous edge on the mound in this matchup with a legit starter and a fully-rested bullpen to help contain this potent LSU lineup.
That pitching edge will also play out in the other half of innings, as this LSU bullpen cannot be trusted. The Vols know the Tigers' go-to bullpen arms very well and will get to them again tonight.
Back Tennessee to advance to the semifinals tonight.