World Baseball Classic Pool F: Dominican Republic vs United States (3/18/17)
Project Starters: Dominican Republic: Santana (7-11, 3.38 ERA 2016 with Twins) USA: Duffy (12-3, 3.52 ERA 2016 with Royals)
Puerto Rico became the third team to advance to the World Baseball Classic final four with a 6-5 win Friday night over the United States. Tonight, the final spot is up for grabs with no room for defeat when the United States and Dominican Republic meet for the second time of the tournament.
On March 11, the Dominican Republic feel behind 5-0 to the United States before rallying to a 7-5 win over the Americans. Both teams advanced to the second round and defeated Venezuela but lost to Puerto Rico.
The Dominican Republic are the defending champions from the 2013 baseball classic. The United States must win tonight to have any chance of finishing with their best WBC finish ever which was 4th place in 2009.
Bovada currently has the United States as +105 underdogs with the Dominican Republic favored at -135. The over/under is at 7.5 runs.
I plan to enjoy this game and cheer for team USA at heart, but I see this as a 50/50 toss up, so the value slightly favors the USA. I believe that the Americans want to win, but do they want it more than the Dominicans? We shall see. I am not betting on this game personally, but I definitely expect to see playoff level baseball at its best tonight in San Diego.
For what it’s worth I will make a prediction:
USA 4 Dominican Republic 3