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College World Series 2017: Breaking down the strengths of the 8 remaining teams

The 2017 College World Series commences in Omaha Saturday, with eight teams divided into two four-team brackets for a slate of double elimination mini-tournaments transpiring across the following week.

Five of the original eight national seeds are still standing after the regional and super regional rounds, a group that doesn’t include No. 2 North Carolina, which was upended by Davidson in the Chapel Hill regional tilt.

Fiers has bounced back from a 5.21 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP to start the season with a brilliant month of June, leading the team to a 4-1 record over his last five starts, per the OddsShark MLB Database. Fiers has allowed two runs or fewer in all five of those games.

Oakland has won seven of its last 11 games, an impressive feat for a team that was 27-38 before this run. Each of the Athletics’ last three series have ended in sweeps, as Oakland swept the New York Yankees at home, got swept by the Astros in Oakland, and then swept the Chicago White Sox in Chicago this past weekend.

The Athletics have been tormented by the Astros over the last two seasons with a 1-15 record in their last 16 games against Houston.

Tuesday night’s total is set at 8.5 runs. The OVER is 7-3 in the last 10 games between the Athletics and Astros.

With the way that Houston is playing and the recent history between these two teams, this could be a long series for the Athletics. The series continues Wednesday night with a matchup between Jesse Hahn and David Paulino, and wraps up Thursday with Jharel Cotton facing Brad Peacock.

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