World Baseball Classic Betting Preview

November 30, 2010 MLB Baseball

World Baseball Classic Betting Preview at SBG Global

The 16-team tournament will consist of four pools with four teams each. World Baseball Classic odds are available on which team will win each pool and which team will win the overall title. Daily World Baseball Classic betting odds on each game are also available.

World Baseball Classic betting odds favor the Dominican Republic and the United States more than any other teams. Japan is the defending champ and they are the third choice in World Baseball Classic odds. In 2006 it was Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ichiro Suzuki leading the Japan team to victory.

World Baseball Classic betting is a bit different than it was three years ago. The first round of the tournament is double elimination with the first two teams to lose twice eliminated in each pool. The winners and runner-ups advance to the second round of the tournament which is also double elimination. The remaining teams advance to the semifinals in Los Angeles and the World Baseball Classic betting final will be played at Dodger Stadium on March 23rd.

The Dominican Republic team is favored in World Baseball Classic betting. They have a powerful lineup but their pitching is suspect. If they lose Alex Rodriguez to injury they would also have a hole in their lineup. The United States is the other favorite in World Baseball Classic betting. They have the better pitching than the Dominican Republic team and that could be the difference in World Baseball Classic betting.

Japan is a very good team as well and a solid choice in World Baseball Classic betting. The key for Japan will be scoring enough runs since their pitching should be solid. Right-hander Yu Darvish could be the key to Japan’s chances in World Baseball Classic odds.

One of the longshot contenders in World Baseball Classic betting is Venezuela. They have a nice lineup with Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen. Their chances would have been better if they had Johan Santana and Carlos Zambrano but they still could make some noise in World Baseball Classic odds.

Puerto Rico has a nice lineup with Alex Rios, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and Geovany Soto while Canada and Mexico also have a shot. Korea made it to the semifinals in 2006 but they are far weaker this year. Cuba is known for their baseball success but they did not impress in 2006 and lost the Gold medal to Korea in the Beijing games. The other teams have really no chance in World Baseball Classic betting.

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