The Futures odds for the 2017 World Baseball Classic are out and the Dominican Republic and two of the tournament’s host nations—the United States and Japan—are odds favorites at the Westgate Las Vegas SportsBook.
Opening odds from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook for the 2017 World Baseball Classic have been released and the Dominican Republic (5/2) are slight favorites over the United States (3/1) and Japan (3/1) who will be two of four nations hosting games—Mexico and South Korea being the two others—in the 4th installment of the annual tournament scheduled to be held from March 9-22 and which features 16 teams.
Qualifying for the 2017 World Baseball Classic was held from Feb. 11 to Sept. 25, 2016, with all teams who participated in the 2015 WBC automatically qualifying for the tournament except the four nations who finished in last place in their respective pools—Australia, Brazil, Mexico and Spain. The Qualifiers were organized into four separate double-elimination tourneys and Australia (100/1), Colombia (100/1), Mexico (25/1) and Israel (100/1) all emerged victorious, qualifying for those last four spots in the field of 16.
Pool A features one of the host nations South Korea, Chinese Taipei (80/1), Israel, and Netherlands (25/1). On the other side, Pool B includes host nation Japan, Australia, China (100/1) and Cuba (18/1). On the 2017 WBC Schedule in Pool C, there’s one of the host countries, the United States, Canada (25/1), Colombia (100/1) and tourney odds favorites the Dominican Republic. Last but not least Group D includes host nation Mexico, Italy (60/1), Puerto Rico (10/1) and Venezuela (15/1).
Odds to Win 2017 World Baseball Classic—Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook
Dominican Republic 5/2
United States 3/1
Puerto Rico 10/1
South Korea 12/1
Chinese Taipei 80/1
WBC Always Wide Open, But Tough Tournament For Longshots 25/1 And Higher
2016 Nippon Professional Baseball League MVP and 2B Tetsuto Yamada (Tokyo Yakult Swallows) and Japan (2006, 2009 WNC champions) are currently ranked #1 by the WBSC, while Nelson Cruz (Seattle Mariners) and defending tournament champions Dominican Republic are at #13 with 1B-C Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants) the United States—to be managed by Jim Leyland—at #2. But it will be the WBC team rosters, actually caring about winning, pitching and defense which will ultimately determine the champion later this Winter.
The 2017 WBC’s 2nd Round will be played in Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and San Diego (Petco Park) with the Championship Round set to be held in historic Chavez Ravine, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles with the Championship Game on March 22 (MLBN, 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST).
2017 WBC Futures Book Pick: Japan 3/1 (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook)