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Dominican Republic vs Nicaragua Prediction – WBC Picks 3/13/23

Nicaragua vs Dominican Republic
March 13, 2023 12:00 pm EDT

The Dominican Republic and Nicaragua face off on Monday in the World Baseball Classic at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Dominican Republic Betting Preview

The Dominican Republic have high expectations for the WBC, but they opened it up with a loss. On Saturday, the Dominican Republic faced off against Venezuela, and they were defeated 5-1. The Dominican Republic actually opened up the game with a run in the first inning, but the offense couldn’t get anything else going. They gave up a run in the second inning, two runs in the 4th inning, and a run each in the 6th and 8th inning. Juan Soto finished with two hits and one RBI. Sandy Alcantara really struggled, going 3.2 innings, giving up five hits and three earned runs. The pitching is going to need to be strong in this game, but this is a talented offense, and they need to find a way to get the offense going here. 

Nicaragua Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Nicaragua, who have lost their first two games of the World Baseball Classic. In the first game against Puerto Rico, the offense only scored one run and that led to the eight-run defeat. On Sunday against Israel, the offense was again an issue, scoring only one run. The pitching was a little better, but they still gave up three runs and ended up losing. Steven Layton was the top player, finishing with one hit and one RBI. This isn’t the most talented team, and they have shown that their offense isn’t the best. In this game, if they want any chance, the pitching is going to need to be lights out. 

Shane’s Free Pick 

In the first game, the Dominican Republic struggled to score, but that was mostly because of an off game, this is a very talented roster with the bats. This Nicaragua offense isn’t very talented, and they have scored only two runs total. In this game, the Dominican pitching is going to be a strength, and Nicaragua is going to have some major issues getting any runs to cross the plate. Look for this game to finish something like 6-1 or 7-1 and this will be an easy win for the Dominican Republic. Back the Dominican Republic -1.5.

Shane Mickle's Free Pick: Dominican Republic -1.5

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