South Korea vs China Prediction – WBC Picks 3/13/23

China vs South Korea
March 13, 2023 6:00 am EDT

South Korea and China face off on Monday in a Group B showdown in the World Baseball Classic at the Tokyo Dome. 

South Korea Betting Preview

South Korea comes into this game with a 2-1 record, but they are coming off a victory in the last game. Korea opened up the WBC by losing to Australia 8-7 and Japan 13-4. In the last game though they picked up their first win against the Czech Republic. The offense put up 7 runs on the way to the four-run victory. San Diego Padres standout Ha-Seong Kim had a strong game finishing with two hits, two runs, and two RBIs. Tommy Edman also had one hit and two RBIs. The offense has been here so far for South Korea, in this game, it’s going to come down to if the pitching can get the job done. Se-Wong Park picked up the win in the last game going 4.2 innings and giving up only one hit. 

China Betting Preview

China has been nothing but a major disappointment so far at the WBC. They have played three games so far, and they have failed to win any of them. They lost to Japan 8-1 to open up the World Cup, followed by a loss against the Czech Republic 8-5 in the second game, and in the last game, they were defeated by Australia 12-2. China fell behind 3-0 in the first inning and they were never able to bounce back on the way to the loss. Jie Cao was the top offensive player for China finishing with two hits and one RBI. The game only ended up going seven innings, but they still used six pitchers. Make sure to check out Monday’s game between Colombia and Great Britain.

Shane’s Free Pick 

This South Korea lineup is filled with offense, and they have had a strong showing so far in the WBC putting up 18 runs in the three games. Ha-Seong Kim is seeing the ball really well, and the China pitching has been a major concern so far. In the last game, they fell behind 3-0 in the opening inning and weren’t ever able to bounce back. China is going to fall behind early again here, and this is going to be an easy victory for South Korea. Back South Korea -1.5 to cash. 

Shane Mickle's Free Pick: South Korea -1.5

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Shane Mickle

I have been following sports for as long as I can remember and started writing about them back in high school. My favorite sports include MLB, NBA, NFL, CFB, CBB, and the UFC. Follow me on Twitter at @shanemickle

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