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WBC Power Rankings


2009-world-baseball-classic-logo.jpgAfter taking a few weeks off to write my research paper, I’m back with a look at the World Baseball Classic.  Lets get into it:

 

 

1. United States- Surprisingly their team doesn’t have the most stars in the tournament, but depth and an improved mindset is what should lead Team USA to its first WBC title.

2. Dominican Republic- You know your offense is good when it’s the best in the tournament while missing Albert Pujols, Alfonso Soriano, Miguel Tejada and Vladimer Guerrero.

3. Venezuela- Felix Hernandez will take the ace role from injured pitcher Johan Santana.  Miguel Cabrera, Bobby Abreu, and Magglio Ordonez anchor the offense.

4. Japan- The defending champs will be back with a target on their shoulders.  Player you’ve never heard of to watch out for: starting pitcher Yu Darvish.  Also note that their pitchers are in mid-season form, a huge advantage.

5. Cuba- Electrifying shortstop Yulieski Gourriel and the Cuban national team aim to avenge their 10-6 loss in the championship.

6. Korea- Shin-Soo Choo is the lone major leaguer on a team that advanced to the semifinals in 2006.

7. Mexico- A team with plenty of major league experience that knocked Team USA out of the last Classic.

8. Puerto Rico- Carlos Beltran leads a team of aging stars that would have been title contenders a decade ago.

9. Canada- Eric Bedard was their only legitimate pitcher.  They just won’t have enough arms despite an offense with Justin Morneau, Russell Martin and Jason Bay.

10. Panama- Carlos Lee and Manny Corpas outline a roster built with 15 minor leaguers.

11. Italy- Mike Piazza steps down from catcher to hitting coach.

12. Netherlands- Even Andruw Jones can’t help this team… then again he can barely help his regular teams.

13. Chinese Taipei- Chein-Ming Wang opted not to play, but there still is some unknown talent hidden on the Taiwan roster.

14. Australia- Little to be excited about for the team down under.

15. China- One Billion people and 100 olympic medals but baseball has still yet to catch on.

16. South Africa- Have never produced a MLB player.

 

 

Predictions

First Round

Pool A

  1. Japan
  2. Korea
  3. Chinese Taipei
  4. China

Pool B

  1. Cuba
  2. Mexico
  3. Australia
  4. South Africa

Pool C

  1. United States
  2. Venezuela
  3. Canada
  4. Italy

Pool D

  1. Dominican Republic
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. Panama
  4. Netherlands

 

Round 2

Pool A

  1. Japan
  2. Cuba
  3. Mexico
  4. Korea

Pool B

  1. United States
  2. Venezuela
  3. Dominican Republic
  4. Puerto Rico

 

Semifinals

  1. United States over Japan
  2. Venezuela over Cuba

 

Finals

  1. United States over Venezuela

 

Bronze Medal Game

  1. Japan Over Cuba

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