Free WBC Pick: Mexico vs Italy Odds
Looking for Mexico vs. Italy free plays? World Baseball Classic betting sees Mexico taking on Italy on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico. 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.
(0-0) Mexico vs. Italy (0-0)
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Estadio Charros de Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico
Projected Pitchers: Gallardo vs. TBD
WBC Moneyline Odds: Mexico -200 / Italy +150
WBC RunLine Betting Odds: Mexico -115 / Italy -115
WBC Betting Total: 9.5 (Over -105)
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I was surprised to see that Mexico hasn’t finished better than sixth in any of the three Classics. That sixth-place finish came in 2006, but this year’s roster has enough Major League pitching to compete at home in Pool D.
Marco Estrada, Yovani Gallardo (who starts Thursday) and Miguel Gonzalez highlight the starters with Robert Osuna and Sergio Romo in the bullpen.
Jorge De La Rosa is also somewhere in the mix and Dodgers’ phenom Julio Urias would be available if Mexico advances to the next round in America.
It should be a great three-horse between the Mexicans, Puerto Rico and Venezuela in Pool D, with Italy being the punching bag.
Italy is the deepest behind the plate where Drew Butera and Francisco Cervelli are proven Major League contributors.
Looking down the roster, you might also recognize Chris Colabello and Daniel Descalso who will both spend time on the right side of the infield.
Colabello is from Framingham, Massachusetts but has Italian ancestors. In fact, the Italian roster is made up of players who were born in six different countries.
Italy has been European champions 10 times but is now trying to keep pace with the Netherlands for the strongest baseball on the continent. It doesn’t even look like it will be able to stay in that underwhelming conversation.
It should be noted that Major League nostalgic childhood journeymen Sal Fasano and Nick Punto will be on the bench as coaches for Team Italy.
Free Mexico vs. Italy WBC Prediction: Mexico -200
Italy might have trouble with Gallardo, who is still a Major League pitcher, even if he may not give any of the 30 clubs any trouble. The home crowd should also be a factor as we open up Pool D.
4* Free WBC Betting Pick: Mexico
This one feels like a safe bet to lay the chalk and take the favorite once again.
WBC Free Score Prediction: Mexico 6 – Italy 1
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