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Puerto Rico vs Mexico Prediction – WBC Picks 3/17/23

Puerto Rico vs Mexico
March 17, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Puerto Rico / Mexico
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Puerto Rico and Mexico face off on Friday in the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic at loanDepot Park. 

Puerto Rico vs Mexico Odds

Puerto Rico is the favorite at -115 while Mexico is the underdog sitting at -105. The total in this game currently sits at 7.5 runs, with the over paying out at -105. 

Puerto Rico Betting Preview

Puerto Rico finished the pool play with a 3-1 record. Puerto Rico clinched their spot in the quarterfinals with a big win over the Dominican Republic, but while celebrating, closer Edwin Diaz was hurt, and he’s now going to be out the entire MLB season. Franciso Lindor had a strong game, finishing with two hits, two runs, and one RBI. Enrique Hernandez finished with two hits and one RBI. Getting the start for Puerto Rico in this game will be Marcus Stroman, who always to be on the mound in big moments. In this game, if Puerto Rico is going to want to secure the win, they are going to need the pitching to be lights out. 

Mexico Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Mexico, who also finished pool play with a 3-1 record overall. In the last game of Pool Play, Mexico faced off against Canada, and they were able to secure a 10-3 victory. Edouard Julien finished with two hits, two runs, and one RBI. This is a talented lineup that has confidence, and they require the offense to get going early in this game. Getting the start for Mexico in this game with Julio Urias. Mexico is working on a pitch count with the Dodgers, so it’s unclear if he’s going to be able to go in this game.

Shane’s Free Pick

There are two solid pitchers starting in this game, and it’s going to be all hands on deck in terms of the pitching. I especially expect Mexico and Julio Urias is going to lock down in this game, and this game is going to be lower scoring. Look for a 3-1 or 4-1 type of game and this game is going to stay under the total. 

Shane Mickle's Free Pick: Under

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