World Baseball Classic odds for the 2009 Classic are available with World Baseball Classic betting lines on teams to win the title and to win their individual pools. World Baseball Classic betting lines will also be available on individual games throughout the tournament.
World Baseball Classic betting odds favor the United States with the Dominican Republic and Japan as solid second choices. The U.S. team has a lot of stars but so do the Dominican Republic, Japan and even Venezuela. The United States team is favored in World Baseball Classic betting because of the star players. Let’s look at the big names on the U.S. roster. The World Baseball Classic betting odds do favor the United States since these players are expected to be on the roster: Chipper Jones, Brian McCann, Brian Roberts, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Derrek Lee, Carlos Quentin, Grady Sizemore, Curtis Granderson, Roy Oswalt, Joe Nathan, David Wright, Derek Jeter, Jake Peavy, Ryan Ludwick, Scott Kazmir, Evan Longoria and Vernon Wells.
The Dominican Republic is also a serious contender in World Baseball Classic betting. They took a hit though as Albert Pujols has said he will not be playing. The team is still a threat though in World Baseball Classic odds since they have these players expected on the roster: David Ortiz, Alfonso Soriano, Jhonny Peralta, Hanley Ramirez, Vladimir Guerrero, Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano, Adrian Beltre and Alex Rodriguez.
Japan is the defending champion in World Baseball Classic betting and they have Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, Kosuke Fukudome and a number of other stars from Japan leagues.
Venezuela has a talented roster of players as well that could impact World Baseball Classic betting odds. Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, Melvin Mora, Rafael Betancourt and others could win some games on the World Baseball Classic odds board. Venezuela’s chances though probably come down to whether or not the New York Mets allow Johan Santana to participate in the tournament.
The key to World Baseball Classic betting could be the pitching. Many Major League teams do not want their pitchers playing in this tournament. The teams that have strong starting rotations could do very well in World Baseball Classic betting. Just look what Japan did last season in World Baseball Classic odds as they relied upon Matsuzaka.
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