Free WBC Pick: Cuba vs Japan Odds
Looking for Cuba vs. Japan free plays? World Baseball Classic betting sees Cuba taking on Japan on Tuesday March 14 2017 at the Tokyo Dome, in Tokyo, Japan. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all WBC & MLB baseball matchups all tournament & season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily MLB predictions.
(2-2) Cuba vs. Japan (4-0)
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Time: 5:00 AM ET
Venue: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
Projected Pitchers: Banos vs. Sugano
WBC Moneyline Odds: Japan -500 / Cuba +450
WBC RunLine Betting Odds: n/a
WBC Betting Total: 8.5 (Over -139/ Under +110)
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Exactly one week ago Cuba played Japan and lost to Japan by a score of 11-6. That was its first game in Pool B.
The stakes are higher this time around for Cuba in Pool E because it lost to Israel two days ago. Assuming Japan beats Israel, Cuba has to win this one and beat the Netherlands in its last game to get to the semis.
Cuba actually has a chance if it loses to Japan, or anything else happens before it plays the Netherlands because the first two teams to have played two games are 1-1.
This pool is shaping up to look like Pool D in Mexico.
Japan scored in five out of eight at-bat in the first game between these two teams, including three big innings.
It got five in the fifth and two apiece in the seventh and eighth after the Cubans scored multiple runs of their own to try and get back into the game.
Cuba also committed three errors, which isn’t likely to happen again with a week of games down and jitters eased.
The walks have killed Cuba though. It walked seven in that first loss to Japan and eight in its most recent disappointment against Israel. You can’t give anything away against Team Japan.
Free Cuba vs. Japan WBC Prediction: Japan wins again.
I might just keep this prediction here until the championship game. Japan is better than Cuba at everything that’s important in baseball, even if it’s just by a little. Japan is too expensive though.
If Cuba limits its mistakes and gets some production at the top of the lineup, it will compete.
4* Free WBC Betting Pick: Under 8.5 (+110)
Cuba’s desperation should lift its defense and pitching more than its pasty-faced offense. Japan’s lineup has been cooking but Cuba’s problem scoring runs makes the under a viable small play.
WBC Free Score Prediction: Cuba 2 – Japan 5
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