Tennessee vs. Stanford Odds, Prediction: The Pick to Make for Monday’s College World Series Game (June 19)
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Tennessee vs. Stanford Odds
+100 / -130
+100 / -130
The Vols had a tough draw in this College World Series, as they were forced to contend with LSU's Paul Skenes in their opening game. However, while Skenes dominated them for the first seven innings, Tennessee's bats came to life immediately after he left the game.
Tennessee put together solid at-bats against the LSU bullpen and will need to carry that momentum over into today's matchup as it faces another elite ace.
Quinn Mathews will take the ball for Stanford seven days after his 156-pitch complete game in the Super Regionals against Texas. This drew much criticism, but it shows the type of effort he's willing to give to help his team win.
That type of outing is highly unlikely this afternoon, but we could see Mathews work deep again as he's thrown over 110 pitches in 14 of his 18 appearances this season.
Tennessee has the potential to get to him as the game progresses. The Vols have had much better at-bats the second and third times through the order.
However, the biggest concern for the Cardinal has to be the arms after Mathews. Stanford has a staff ERA of 5.75, which includes Mathews' 3.60 ERA (best on the team).
The Cardinal bullpen is a big question mark, and that could determine the team's fate in this matchup. Although, as we've seen, Mathews will try and minimize the bullpen's involvement.
Despite dropping its first matchup, this Stanford lineup should have its heads up for this game after finding plenty of success against the ACC Pitcher of the Year in Wake Forest's Rhett Lowder. The Cardinal got to him early and put runs on the board before he settled down.
Stanford will have the opportunity to do the same today against Chase Dollander. Dollander has been electric for the Vols and is a consensus top-10 MLB Draft pick. However, he has been susceptible in the early going.
Dollander boasts a 4.50 ERA on the season, and the majority of the damage done against him has come in the first two innings. He's been tremendous at closing that window, though, as he gets stronger the deeper he goes into his outing.
The Cardinal, who have an SEC-type lineup, will have their hands full with a legit SEC arm.
However, Dollander may not be the only great arm they'll have to contend with. Chase Burns will be fresh for this one as well, and he has the potential to close out the final three innings of this game.
Tennessee vs. Stanford Betting Pick
This matchup is another example of how tremendous the field is this year. Mathews and Dollander are going to duel deep into this game, and while they each may have some hiccups along the way, they both have shown they can minimize the damage.
Take the under and enjoy this classic pitcher's duel.