The World Baseball Classic is an international baseball tournament and is the only competition available for nations who would like be crowned as champions of the world. The 2017 World Baseball Classic will be the fourth time the tournament has been played and each time, the final has been hosted by the USA. This year, the final will be held in Los Angeles.
Japan are the most successful team in the history of the tournament, having won twice. However, the USA are going to be in for a tough match, as they face the champions of 2013, Dominican Republic. There are four groups, each containing four nations and unfortunately for these teams, who are two of the strongest in the tournament, they have been drawn in the same pool, along with Canada and Colombia.
United States and Dominican Republic should have no trouble defeating Canada and Colombia, making this the biggest game in Pool.
All Pool C matches will be played at Marlins Park, San Diego and this should play into the hands of the USA. However, every member of the Dominican Republic roster is based in the United States, playing their baseball in the Major League, so this will not be anything new for them. Their team sees the return of many players who have contributed to their previous success and some new all-star players, who will be making their first appearance. Dominican Republic are well placed to make a defence of their title and will come into the game as favorites.
The United States team, which has never reached the Championship Final, will have its best roster in the history of the competition. Two key players in Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw are missing but otherwise, it looks a very strong group for the USA. The US have struggled with their starting pitch in past tournaments but have a great choice this year, which should make a difference. Having said that, the Dominican Republic are favourites to win the tournament and will want to put one over the US team early, in case they meet in the final.
The United States and Dominican Republic met in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, their only game in the tournament to date. The match was in the Pool 2 qualifiers and Dominican Republic came through 3-1, which is the only previous result we have to go on prior to this game. With the rosters looking well matched and USA being stronger in 2017, we could be in for another close but low scoring game. Therefore, the unders market might be really tempting.
You can also back the Dominican Republic to win the game -1.5 runs.
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