Wake Forest vs LSU Picks & Odds | Expect Pitchers to Dominate (Wednesday, June 21)
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Wake Forest vs LSU Odds
|Wake Forest Odds|
-115 / -115
-115 / -115
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
While LSU has struggled a bit offensively this College World Series, the Demon Deacons haven't been any better. Wake Forest came into Omaha with all the hype, and it appears to have hampered the offense through its first two games.
Wake has won each game by a score of 3-2, and the Demon Deacons have had to rally late to salvage victories in both games. Winning cures everything, so no one is overly concerned about their performance at the plate, but it also helps that they're in a good spot to bounce back tonight.
LSU received a miraculous performance from Nate Ackenhausen yesterday, as he shut down the Vols in his first start of the season. His effort helped save the LSU bullpen, but the Tigers' pitching staff is still in dire straights.
It will likely be a combination of untrustworthy arms for LSU in this one, and the Demon Deacons should be able to capitalize on that.
The Tigers sent conference rival Tennessee home last night thanks to an unsung hero on the mound and some timely hitting.
However, the LSU lineup hasn't hit like it did for the majority of the season. The Tigers have averaged just 4.6 runs per game through their first three in Omaha, which is half of what they averaged during the season.
That's due to facing some top-tier pitching and having some strong winds blowing in, which has deadened several fly balls in Omaha.
However, the issue for LSU is that both of those things will continue tonight. The Demon Deacons are in a great spot with their pitching staff. They have a significant edge having yesterday off, and many of their elite arms are rested.
The Tigers will likely have to contend with Reed Mascolo to start this game. Mascolo may be vulnerable against this order, as his FIP is over two runs higher than his season ERA. If Mascolo's leash is short or he doesn't take the mound at all, the Deacs can turn to either Seth Keener or Sean Sullivan, who each have proven to be dominant starters in their own right.
Wake Forest vs LSU Betting Pick
Neither lineup has looked particularly impressive to this point, but only one of them is primed to break out tonight. Wake should get it going against what's left of the LSU pen, but the biggest factor in this matchup is the wind.
We saw yesterday how the wind blowing in impacted nearly every fly ball, and both of these teams rely on power to generate their offense. With balls not flying out and elite arms going for the Deacs, this one should stay under the total.