The World Baseball Classic is an international baseball tournament that pits the best teams from around the world against one another in an event that happens in the major league baseball offseason. While some enjoy it as a prelude to the MLB season, the WBC is also an excellent betting opportunity for informed sports betting fans. Here is a look at four keys to betting on the World Baseball Classic.
World Cup Comparisons
Despite some similarities to the structure of the World Cup, the WBC hasn’t measured up to soccer’s biggest tournament in terms of the overall draw. Some of that is the state of the game on the international stage and some of it is likely the fact that nobody has bought in to the importance of the WBC the way they have with World Cup soccer. However, the reality is that just like the World Cup based on the resources they have available and that can be a lot of fun if you do it right. Unlike in soccer, the talent available to these countries in the WBC can greatly fluctuate and that means staying on top of rosters in order to truly understand the potential of every team in the tournament.
The best teams in baseball usually win around 60-percent of their games in the MLB regular season. However, the WBC format makes it tougher to predict winners since it is such a small sample size and the first round will have eliminated half of the teams after the first round. The favorites tend to have some success early on but once the elimination rounds begin the reality is that anything can happen and it becomes a lot harder to predict outcomes. It’s important to take the necessary time to really look at the individual rosters in order to get an idea of the strength of every team in the event.
Picking Outright Markets
It’s usually a good idea to look at the outright markets before the tournament begins in order to get a feel for the perception of each team. For example, if the United States is the betting favorite then they likely have a stronger team then they fielded in the previous year. At the same time, you can probably get a decent idea of the expectations for each team in tandem with the research you have done on their individual rosters. It’s good to have an idea of which team will win the tournament before the actual games begin in order to establish a perceived outcome that you can keep in mind when betting on the individual games.
Another important aspect to keep in mind is the role of value and finding the best available odds for every wager you place. While you might not win every bet you make, you can definitely improve your odds of making a profit by shopping around and finding the best available odds. The majority of sports betting shops will likely have slightly different odds posted for the individual games so make sure you shop around and find the best value when betting on the WBC.