- The Dominican Republic and the United States share +225 odds to win the 2023 WBC.
- The Dominican Republic’s roster talent and depth gives them an edge over Team USA.
- The First Round begins on March 8th and the Championship will be played on March 21.
MIAMI – The United States and the Dominican Republic share the best odds at +225 to win the 2023 World Baseball Classic. These two teams have divided nearly all the top players in the MLB amongst themselves, explaining their co-favoritism to win the event.
Why to Bet on the United States
The United States 2023 World Baseball Classic roster is impressive and deserving of +225 odds.
The reigning champs have important pieces returning from their 2017 World Baseball Classic winning roster, including 2022 NL MVP Paul Goldschmidt and 7-time All-star Nolan Arenado.
The United States have done a better job recruiting top MLB talent this year, adding 3-time AL MVP Mike Trout and 3-time NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.
Despite the important addition of Kershaw, the United States pitching staff is underwhelming considering the amount of American pitching talent in the MLB.
Top MLB arms such as Justin Verlander, Jacob DeGrom, Gerrit Cole, and Max Scherzer will not be playing in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
The United States roster presents a powerful offense but a lackluster pitching staff, drawing concern from passionate Americans looking to bet their +225 odds.
The same cannot be said for the outstanding Dominican Republic pitching staff, who boasts the same odds to win the 2023 World Baseball Classic at +225 on legal sportsbooks.
Why to Bet on the Dominican Republic
The 2023 Dominican Republic WBC roster is loaded and has excellent value at +225 odds.
The NL Cy Young (Sandy Alcantara), AL Rookie of the Year (Julio Rodriguez), and World Series MVP (Jeremy Peña) from the 2022 MLB season will all be suiting up for the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican projected batting order, as presented by FanNation is impressive.
- CF Julio Rodriguez (AL ROY, Silver Slugger, All-Star)
- 2B Jose Ramirez (4x Silver Slugger, 4x All-Star)
- LF Juan Soto (3x Silver Slugger, NL Batting Champion, 2x All-Star)
- 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Silver Slugger, 2021 MLB Home Run Leader, 2x All-Star)
- DH Rafael Devers (Silver Slugger, 2x All-star)
- 3B Manny Machado (Silver Slugger, Platinum Glove Winner, 6x All-Star)
- SS Jeremy Peña (ALCS MVP, World Series MVP)
- C Gary Sanchez (Silver slugger, 2x All-Star)
- SP Sandy Alcantara (NL Cy Young, 2x All-Star)
This highly decorated line-up will only need to produce a few runs a game because of their talented pitching staff that includes top MLB starters, and the 2022 MLB saves leader in the bullpen.
Aside from their ace, Sandy Alcantara, the Dominican Republic also has Christian Javier and Framber Valdez in their starting rotation.
Javier and Valdez were responsible for the Houston Astros’ pitching dominance in route to their 2022 World Series victory.
The DR also has 2022 MLB saves leader, Emanuel Clase, of the Cleveland Guardians to close out games.
The Dominican Republic’s -225 WBC odds on MLB sportsbooks present excellent value for a well-rounded roster.
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