MLB Kick-off and College Baseball weekend preview

MLB is back!

LSU and Tennessee kick off the weekend series tonight.

There will be baseball every day until October, which means plenty of action.

Life is good.

Let’s quickly break down some college baseball notes and dive into MLB stuff.

Since I played college baseball for LSU and in the SEC, I am going to focus on what I know and stick to SEC picks, for the most part.

For MLB picks, I played for the Red Sox and grew up a Yankee fan, so lets stick with the AL East as a niche for our picks this year.

For opening day, I am keeping my picks simple— taking the over on the MLB strike-out leader last season, Gerri Cole.

Taking the o7.5 (-115 odds on DraftKings) for a 1.5u bet that would net me $130.

College baseball is tricky tonight as DK does not have as many games as usual, maybe due to MLB games being available. But there are three picks I like today that I may parlay to get some more favorable odds, or take the run lines when they come out later today.

I like LSU at home against Tennessee in a great pitching match-up of two future first-round arms.

Normally, I stay away from good pitching matching up against good hitting, as typically good pitching and defense beats good hitting. And on paper, Tennessee’s pitching numbers are a lot better than LSU’s.

BUT— there is history between the two teams, and I think Tony Vitello, the head coach for The Vols is a wanted man in Baton Rouge, and I think Alex Box is rocking tonight for Paul Skenes and the Tigers.

I look for them to bounce back from last Friday’s debacle against Arkansas, and like them to edge out Tennessee. LSU is -180 ML as of writing this piece.

Two others I like are two road teams, but both ranking in the top-10 in the country, and both having glaringly better statistical numbers, on paper.

Now, playing on the road matters, but we have some solid teams In Wake Forest and South Carolina.

I like Wake (-210) and South Carolina (-180) to take care of business against Clemson and Mississippi State. Parlay them how you wish that give you the best odds, or take them individually, albeit the heavy juice.

Or wait for run lines.

Either way— baseball is back! Enjoy, and bet responsibly.

Here are the numbers broken down for college baseball. 

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