WBC 2017 How Will Things Play Out Between Japan and Australia
The World Baseball Classic is an international Baseball tournament that has been held since 2006.
Happening only once every four years, this has become a major event for Baseball fans worldwide.
Japan’s national squad, nicknamed Samurai Japan, is led by manager Hiroki Kokubo.
Yesterday they played a game against baseball powerhouse Cuba, but Nobuhiro Matsuda, Tetsudo Yamada, and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s bats were on fire.
Samurai Japan won by a wide margin of 11-6, against such a powerhouse country, an amazing victory to be sure.
Coming against such a strong country, the came was surely a huge motivation for the players moving on to the second stage.
Today Wednesday March 8th, Japan will play Australia at 6 p.m. at Tokyo Dome.
If Japan wins, it is almost guaranteed that they can move on to the next stage of the tournament.
So now let’s look at each team’s conditions and odds from bookmaker William Hill.
Japan vs Australia all betting options.
Money Line Japan 1.06 Australia 9.00
Bookmakers Bet365 and William Hill’s odds look pretty different, but in both cases Japan seems to be the heavy favorite.
Because Japan won by such a wide margin against Cuba yesterday, their offense left a big impression on people.
This has led people to believe Japan will do very well against Australia’s pitching staff.
Looking at WBSC World Ranking’s Japan is currently ranked #1, and Australia is sitting at 10th.
If you focus on actual team skill, Australia is a much lower ranked team than Japan.
Because of that, the atmosphere around this game is that Japan is almost guaranteed to win, a much heavier atmosphere than that of the game against Cuba.
Australia’s starting pitcher for the game is Timothy Atherton, a former player for the Oakland A’s in the US minor system, and he moved to the Australian National League in 2016.
It’s predicted that the Japanese team can defeat them pretty handily, as they will be playing against a much weaker pitching staff than that of the Cuban team.
Batting lead for Samurai Japan is Tomoyuki Sugano. He didn’t have a great year last year, with only 9 wins, but as a pro he has great pitching talent.
With a powerful batting line-up backing him up, we can expect Sugano to throw great.
The key man on defense for Japan is Norichika Aoki.
In yesterday’s game against Cuba he had several highlight level plays.
Batting third he was able to get the scoring started for Japan starting off with a hit and finishing his run off of Tsutsugo’s single.
Aoki has two victories in a past WBC, and he is playing very well in the major leagues, so his experience is key to this young team.
It’s expected that he will lead the team again in today’s game against Australia.
For Samurai Japan this is a game they can’t lose if they hope to move to the next round.
We can’t keep our eyes off this game against Australia!