World Baseball Classic Predictions

Now that the World Baseball Classic is officially under way I thought I would give you my predictions for this years tournament.


wbc09.jpgROUND 1

POOL A:  (Japan, Korea, China, Chinese Taipei).  Teams advancing to Round 2 are Japan, and Korea.

POOL B:  (Cuba, Australia, South Africa, Mexico).  Teams advancing to Round 2 are Cuba, and Mexico.

POOL C:  (USA, Canada, Venezuela, Italy).  Teams advancing to Round 2 are USA, and Canada.

POOL D:  (Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Panama).  Teams advancing are Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

ROUND 2

POOL 1:  (Japan, Cuba, Korea, Mexico).  Teams advancing to Semi-Finals are Japan, and Cuba.

POOL 2:  (USA, Canada, Dominican Rebublic, Puerto Rico).  Teams advancing to Semi-Finals are USA and Dominican Republic.

SEMI-FINALS

GAME 1:  Japan vs Dominican Republic.  Japan will advance to the Finals.

Game 2:  USA vs Cuba.  USA will advance to the finals.

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

USA vs Japan.  JAPAN will defend their title to become the 2009 World Baseball Classic Champion. 
 

JapanWBC.jpg

Let the debating begin!!

9 Comments

I think it could very well come down to the USA vs Japan – I’d just like to see a different ending there!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I could see the final being just that. Japan has always had a strong team. I think the US is capable of making the finals. It would be a great matchup for sure. I’d like to see Team Canada go a long way, I’m just not sure they can take on the DR, their only hope would be to play a strong game against Puerto Rico. Time will tell.
Canuck

Julia, i would love to see Canada in the final, but I think Japan has the pitching advantage in this tourney.

Canuck, I agree with you, but will be happy just to see Canada make it to the 2nd round. Gotta get past Venezuela in our pool. Oh yeah, what is your blog address?

No way man, DR vs Japan in the finals..
http://thewrightway.mlblogs.com/

I haven’t started a blog yet. I only discovered MLB blogs in mid-February, and still learning my way around. However, thanks to 2 of my favorite bloggers, I’m becoming addicted to it!
Canuck

As my friends would say, i’d probably get a case of “help she’s started talking and can’t shut up!”. How hard is it to start a blog?
Canuck

right…so the Netherlands beat the DR. Who saw that one coming? Anyone? Canada goes up against Italy next. USA and VEN as well…Go USA! Go Canada!
Canuck

A US vs. Japan final might very well be in the making, with that US win over Puerto Rico, I see them gaining momentum. It has been a fun tournament to watch so far. Too bad about Canada! We came close the first game.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

Well, you got Team Japan. I think Korea surprised most of us. Not bad guessing, Iceman!
Canuck
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

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