They will be challenged in World Baseball Classic betting by a talented United States team and defending champion Japan. Three years ago it was Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ichiro Suzuki leading Japan to a win in World Baseball Classic odds.
World Baseball Classic betting has seen the Dominican Republic and United States teams get the early action. The Dominican Republic team may be favored but that status could change if Alex Rodriguez can’t play. He has an injured hip and is now questionable. What also has hurt the team in World Baseball Classic betting is the loss of Albert Pujols who will not play. The team still has superstar players like David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez, Miguel Tejada, Jose Reyes and others who can impact World Baseball Classic odds.
Japan has a nice roster of talent that could challenge the two favorites in World Baseball Classic betting. In addition to Daisuke and Ichiro, the Japan team includes Kosuke Fukudome, Akinori Iwamura, Kenji Johjima and Japan League star pitcher Yu Darvish. "We have strong potential," Suzuki said. "We’re getting strong pitching and hitting." The Japanese team is definitely a threat to repeat in World Baseball Classic betting.
The United States is itching for revenge from a poor showing in 2006 in World Baseball Classic betting and last year at Beijing when South Korea won the gold. "Everybody I’ve talked to is really pumped up because they saw what happened a few years ago and they don’t want that to happen again," US manager Davey Johnson said. "Nobody wants to go back early." The U.S. might have the edge in World Baseball Classic betting, especially if A-Rod doesn’t play for the Dominican team.
The top two teams from each of the four groups advance to second-round action at Miami and San Diego in World Baseball Classic betting. The tournament is double elimination which should make it easy for favorites like the Dominican Republic, U.S. and Japan teams to advance to the second round in World Baseball Classic odds. Two teams from each site in the second round of World Baseball Classic betting will advance to the semi-finals to be played March 21-22 at Dodger Stadium. The title game in World Baseball Classic betting will be played at Dodger Stadium on March 23rd.
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