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College Baseball Gambling Dugout: February 18th, 2022

It is Opening Day for college baseball. What better way to start the season than with some betting advice?

With Major League Baseball and the Players Association unable to come to a collective bargaining agreement, we turn our attention to the next best thing; college baseball. Throughout the season, we will be covering college baseball, even as Major League Baseball returns, to include betting analysis, scouting, mock drafts, and other features.

Beginning today, we will determine just how terrible of a gambler I am. Since it is opening day, we will be going after the entire slate today. Enjoy!

ALL-TIME RECORD: 0-0

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AUBURN -115 v. OKLAHOMA -115 o/u 13

PICK: Oklahoma -115 / over 13

The Sooners had a terrible 2021 season, failing to reach the post season. Jake Bennett, LHP, will take the mound for the Sooners on Friday. Bennett struggled during his 2021 sophomore campaign but gained some valuable experience. Despite a 1.464 WHIP, Bennett pitched 55 1/3 innings while striking out 60 and walking 13. His command continued to impress during the Cape Cod Summer League where Bennett amassed a 30/3 K/BB ratio. This will be Bennett’s coming out party.

CHARLOTTE +145 v. LOUISVILLE -175 o/u 12.5

PICK: Louisville -175, over 12.5

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Life is too short to bet the under. Although the Louisville Cardinals lost Henry Davis as the #1 overall pick in the 2021 draft, they have retooled their program. Sophomore Christian Knapczyk expects to see increased success after a solid freshman season at shortstop. For all intents and purposes, this Louisville Cardinals team is not happy with the way last year ended and they intend to let everyone know. Louisville for the win.

OREGON STATE -255 v. NEW MEXICO +190 o/u 11.5

PICK: Oregon State -255, o/u 11.5

Cooper Hjerpe will be the lead workhorse for the Oregon State Beavers as they begin the 2022 season. Hjerpe is entering his junior year and has experienced growth in two seasons at Corvallis. In only six games of action during his freshman season, Hjerpe pitched 12 innings, striking out 16 and walking seven while giving up seven earned runs. Converted into a starter for his sophomore season, Hjerpe accumulated 77 innings pitched in 16 games started (17 appearances). Unfortunately, Hjerpe’s command struggled during the 2021 season with nine hit batters and eight wild pitches. Despite those numbers, Hjerpe struck out an impressive 98 batters while only walking 27. New Mexico, a Mountain West Conference team, might be able to take one game from the Beavers but it will not be tonight.

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OKLAHOMA STATE +130 v. VANDERBILT -160 o/u 10.5

PICK: Oklahoma State +130, over 10.5

In what will wind up being the best match up of the weekend, number two Vanderbilt will take on number eight Oklahoma State. What better way to begin college baseball season than with a three-game series between two college baseball powerhouses? After losing Game 3 of the College World Series, Vanderbilt also lost their top two starting pitchers. Head Coach Tim Corbin always replenishes his program and we suspect nothing less for the 2022 season. Corbin has decided, at least for the opening weekend, to remove his two returning starters and, instead, have three brand new names leading the rotation. On Friday, junior Chris McElvain will take the bump against Oklahoma State. McElvain has started one game in his Vanderbilt career and, most recently, started two games for Brewster in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Obviously, there is concern with McElvain taking the hill in such a big series to start the season. However, do not discount the intangibles of the Vanderbilt program such as their mental coaching and core values. Despite that, Oklahoma State will begin the college baseball season with a quick ‘upset of the year.’

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WICHITA STATE +150 v. LOUISIANA TECH +185, o/u 12

PICK: Wichita State +150, over 12

As a resident of Wichita, Kansas for about three years (and a season ticket holder of the Shockers), I cannot bring myself to root against them. For this exact reason, I will be picking the Shockers to win every game this season and the season opener is no exception. Sophomore RHP Jace Kaminska will get the nod for the Shockers. The 6’2”, 235 pound pitcher from Caney, Kansas was named the American Athletic Conference Newcomer Pitcher of the Year in 2021. Kaminska started 10 games (12 appearances) with two complete games intertwined in those starts. In 62 innings of work, Kaminska struck out 51 and walked 19 while keeping opponents to a .225 batting average. Intimidating, big, and hard-throwing, Kaminska will have no problem handling Louisiana Tech in the season opener.

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OREGON -140 v. SAN DIEGO +110, o/u 11

PICK: Oregon -140, over 11

As I have said, life is too short to bet the under so we are going with over 11 all day. The Ducks begin a four game series with San Diego in beautiful San Diego. 6′ 203 pound right handed pitcher Adam Maier begins the season as the Friday night start for the Ducks. A transfer from University of British Columbia, Maier was able to pick up experience in the Cape Cod Baseball League and posted a 4.55 ERA with an impressive 27 batters struck out in 25 2/3 innings pitched. Although the Ducks have a solid Friday night start, they have lost a ton of production from last year. It remains to be seen whether they can replace that production especially in the rotation knowing that experience equals success to a point. Even so, the Ducks will take the opener against San Diego.

Other Picks (picks in bold)

Illinois State +310 v. Arkansas -450, o/u 10.5

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ARKANSAS -450, over 10.5

Indiana +150 v. Clemson -185, o/u 9.5

CLEMSON -185, over 9.5

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Wright State +150 v. Georgia Tech -185, o/u 14

WRIGHT STATE+150, under 14

Arizona -210 v. Kansas State +165, o/u 12.5

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ARIZONA -210, under 12.5

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Long Beach State +150 v. Mississippi State -185, o/u 10

MISSISSIPPI STATE -185, over 10

Cal State Fullerton +240 v. Stanford -330, o/u 11

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STANFORD -330, over 11

Liberty +155 v. Florida -195, o/u 10

FLORIDA -195, over 10

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UC Irvine -175 v. Louisiana Lafayette +145, o/u 10.5

LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE +145, under 10.5

San Diego State +165 v. TCU -210, o/u 14.5

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TCU -210, over 14.5

Michigan +180 v. Texas Tech -235, o/u 11.5

TEXAS TECH -235, over 11.5

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Cal State Northridge +190 v. UCLA -255, o/u 11.5

UCLA -255, over 11.5

Until tomorrow!

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Written By

Dave hails from Philadelphia, PA and currently works in healthcare. Dave and his wife Sarah are the parents of four children and are active in their community in Central Washington.

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