World Classic Odds
The 2009 World Baseball Classic is right around the corner, with games beginning Thursday March 5 and running through the entire month.
Oddsmakers have released the odds to win and have made the United States of America 9/5 favorites.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made U.S.A. the odds on favorite to win the 2009 World Baseball Classic. America is led by pitchers Jake Peavy, Roy Oswalt and Joe Nathan, as well as infielders Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia, Jimmy Rollins, David Wright and Kevin Youkilis. Ryan Braun, Curtis Granderson, Brad Hawpe and Shane Victorino will patrol the outfield.
The Dominican Republic has the next best odds to win at 2/1. Major leaguers David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Tejada and Jose Reyes comprise one of the best infields in the entire tournament, but for the Dominican Republic to knock off the U.S., it’ll have to get excellent performances out of Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cuetro and Ubaldo Jimenez.
Led by Boston Red Sox star pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, Seattle Mariners’ catcher Kenji Johjima and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, and Tampa Bay Rays’ infielder Akinori Iwamura, Japan has been established as a 6/1 long shot to win the 2009 World Series Classic.
For complete odds on every team in the 2009 World Classic, as well as odds for every team win the individual Pools, see below.
Odds to Win 2009 World Baseball Classic
Chinese Taipei 50/1
Dominican Republic 2/1
Puerto Rico 18/1
South Africa 250/1
United States of America 9/5
Odds to win Pool A
Chinese Taipei 5/1
Odds to win Pool B
South Africa 65/1
Odds to win Pool C
United States of America 1/4
Odds to win Pool D
Dominican Republic 1/4
Puerto Rico 7/2
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Posted: 2/27/09 11:03PM ET