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Texas A&M vs Notre Dame Odds & Picks for College World Series

Chris Amberley

by Chris Amberley in News

Jun 20, 2022 · 4:43 PM PDT

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Jun 19, 2022; Omaha, NE, USA; Texas A&M Aggies pitcher Brad Rudis (32) and catcher Troy Claunch (12) celebrate the win against the Texas Longhorns at Charles Schwab Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Texas A&M vs Notre Dame odds favor the Fighting Irish as -145 moneyline favorites on Tuesday (June 21st, 2pm ET)
  • Texas A&M snapped a 29-year winless drought at the College World Series on Sunday by beating Texas 10-2
  • Read below for the Texas A&M vs Notre Dame odds, analysis and betting prediction

Texas A&M has already staved off elimination once at the College World Series, the question now is can they do it again on Tuesday.

The Aggies, fresh off a 10-2 rout of Texas, will take on Notre Dame in another loser leaves down match with the winner earning a date with Oklahoma. Notre Dame just suffered a 6-2 loss to the Sooners on Sunday, but oddsmakers are expecting the Fighting Irish to bounce back against A&M.

Texas A&M vs Notre Dame Odds

Team Moneyline Runline Total
Texas A&M Aggies +125 +1.5 (-140) O 14.5 (-110)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -145 -1.5 (+120) U 14.5 (-110)

Odds as of June 20th at DraftKings Sportsbook.

 

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Notre Dame opened up as a -145 moneyline favorite in a contest that features a total of 14.5. First pitch is scheduled for 2pm ET at the Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska with ESPN providing the broadcast coverage.

Texas A&M vs Notre Dame Starting Pitchers

As of Monday afternoon, neither team had named a starting pitcher. Media members following both teams have a strong idea who of will wind up getting the ball, but the official announcement isn’t likely to be made until Tuesday.

The Aggies used their top two starters in the first two games of the CWS, so number three starter Ryan Prager is likely to get the nod. The freshman doesn’t have a strong record of long outings, so we should expect a busy night for the A&M bullpen.

Prager was 1-3, with a 4.89 ERA during the regular season, but hasn’t made it out of the 5th inning in any start since mid-March. He’s lasted less than 4 innings in three consecutive starts, racking up more walks (6) than strikeouts (4).

Notre Dame also used up its top-two starters in their first two games of the CWS, but doesn’t have a true number three. Those close to the program however, expect Liam Simon to toe the rubber. The junior was yanked after only 1.2 innings last time out versus Tennessee, but was much better in his previous outing. That day he pitched 5 scoreless innings against Virginia, scattering a pair of hits.

Whoever takes the ball for the Fighting Irish it’s clear what the goal will be. Get to the point where they can deploy Jack Findlay. The freshman phenom was 5-1 in the regular season, with a sparkling 0.79 ERA.

So far through five appearances in the NCAA Tournament, he’s pitched 12.2 innings posting a victory, four saves and 14 strikeouts, while surrendering just a single run.

Texas A&M vs Notre Dame Pick

A&M’s offense continued its power surge versus the Longhorns racking up 10 runs and 13 hits after falling behind 2-0. They’ve scored at least eight runs in 11 of their past 16 games, and three of their regulars (Austin Bolt, Jordan Thompson and Jack Moss) are batting .348 or higher during the NCAA Tournament.

They feasted on Texas’ starter Lucas Gordon, one of the better arms in the country, and are capable of doing exactly the same to whoever pitches the early innings for Notre Dame. The key is to get to the Irish before Findlay makes his way into the contest.

Another reason why jumping out to a quick lead will be imperative for the Aggies is the fact that the Fighting Irish aren’t built to play from behind. This is a team that relies heavily on pitching and defense. Notre Dame is averaging only 4.5 runs per game over their past 11 outings, and doesn’t feature a lineup with dangerous bats from top to bottom.

The Fighting Irish haven’t lost back-to-back games since the end of April, but this A&M offense is too good to fade at the moment. They’re 29-6 when they score at least six runs, and there should be plenty of optimism that they can cross the plate at least than many times on Tuesday.

Prager on the rubber doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence, but the bullpen is more than capable of picking up the slack versus an underwhelming Notre Dame lineup. Aggie relievers just tossed 3 innings of shutout ball against a mighty Texas lineup, yielding only a single hit.

Pick: Texas A&M Moneyline (+125)

 

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