The World Baseball Classic returns on March 7th for the first time since 2017. Team USA will look to defend its crown after defeating Puerto Rico 8-0 during the finals at Dodger Stadium.
Mike Trout will lead the United States on their quest for a repeat. However, they will face tough opposition from a stacked field that includes Shohei Ohtani and Japan, along with a juggernaut roster from the Dominican Republic.
Who is the best bet to emerge as the winner of the 2023 World Baseball Classic? Read on for betting odds and picks, and be sure to check ther latest MLB Betting Odds.
2023 World Baseball Classic Winner Odds
Odds for the 2023 World Baseball Classic as of Jan. 11, 2023, at BetMGM Sportsbook.
- Dominican Republic (+200)
- USA (+250)
- Japan (+500)
- Puerto Rico (+800)
- Venezuela (+1800)
- Cuba (+1800)
- Korea (+1800)
- Chinese Taipei (+3000)
- Mexico (+4000)
- Canada (+4000)
- Netherlands (+4000)
- Panama (+5000)
- Australia (+6600)
- Columbia (+8000)
- Israel (+10000)
- Great Britain (+10000)
- Nicaragua (+15000)
- Italy (+15000)
- China (+15000)
- Czech Republic (+15000)
There is a clear top-two when it comes to stacked and dominant rosters, and sportsbooks agree.
The Dominican Republic and Team USA are heads and shoulders above the competition on paper. However, do not discount Japan or Puerto Rico, who could easily turn this competition on its head.
World Baseball Classic Winner Best Bet 2023
Dominican Republic (+200) at BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
This is arguably the most talented roster in the tournament, with names such as Juan Soto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Manny Machado, Jose Ramirez, Rafael Devers, Jeremy Pena, and AL Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez.
Both Soto and Machado are among the early betting favorites to win the 2023 NL MVP award.
However, the reason the Dominican Republic is the best bet to take home the WBC championship is their stacked pitching staff.
While other nations struggle to field a full roster with major league talent, NL Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara, Luis Castillo, Framber Valdez, and Cristian Javier are set to take the mound for the DR along with stud reliever Emmanuel Clase.
There is a reason the Dominican Republic is the tournament favorite, and at +200, they are still a good value.
World Baseball Classic Contenders 2023
United States (+250) at BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
If any team can try to rival the Dominican Republic in star power, it’s Team USA.
They may lack the fantastic depth in their rotation, but have an embarrassment of riches on offense. The lineup includes Dodgers superstar Mookie Betts, along with Phillies shortstop Trea Turner, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, perennial gold glover Nolan Arenado, and reigning NL MVP Paul Goldschmidt.
In addition, they still boast one of the more robust pitching staffs in the WBC with future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw, Yankees’ southpaw Nestor Cortes, Logan Webb, Brady Singer, Adam Wainwright, and shutdown reliever Devin Williams.
Japan (+500) at BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Japan enters the tournament as the only nation to win multiple World Baseball Classics, having won in both 2006 and 2009.
Ohtani will reunite with former Nippon manager Hideki Kuriyama in Japan’s quest to take home a third title. Roki Sasaki and San Diego Padres right-hander Yu Darvish will join the Angles superstar to form a dominant 1-2 punch in the Japanese rotation. Sasaki notably tossed a 19-strikeout perfect game in April of last year.
Meanwhile, Munetaka Murakami and Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki will add some punch to the offense.
World Baseball Classic Sleeper 2023
Puerto Rico (+800) at BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Puerto Rico almost pulled an upset in the 2019 WBC final before falling to the United States 8-0.
This year they will add Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman to a pitching staff that already includes Toronto Blue Jays righty Jose Berrios and Mets star closer Edwin Diaz.
Offensively the Puerto Rican roster has a solid middle infield core led by Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Jose Miranda, and Javier Baez.