Tokyo Olympics: Men's Baseball Odds

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Japan Odds: 7/4

Japan are the favourites to win the gold medal on home soil in Tokyo, as they are the world number one side according to the WBSC rankings following their win at the 12-team WBSC Premier12 Tournament in 2019, which is a competition where the 12 best-ranked nations in the world of baseball all meet together.

The Samurai played an incredible final against South Korea in the Tokyo Dome, beating their rivals 10-8, having also beaten the likes of Australia and Mexico 3-1 and 3-2.

What must be noted is that Nippon Professional Baseball has actually stopped all the Central and Pacific Leagues to give their sides the best possible opportunities at the Olympics this summer.

Japan are priced at 7/4 to win the Gold Medal for Baseball at their home Olympics - click on the link to claim this bet in your bet slip!

South Korea Odds: 5/2

South Korea are ranked as the third-best national side in the world of baseball and are the bookie’s second-favourites to take the gold medal in Tokyo, having finished as runners up at the WBSC Premier12, having hammered the USA 5-1, Mexico 7-3 before narrowly losing what was a high scoring final against Japan, as mentioned above.

On a technicality, the South Koreans are the reigning Olympic champions having won the gold medal at Beijing in 2008, the last time this competition was held as part of the games. They do have a survivor from their last Olympic baseball gold medal in Hyun-Soo-Kim who used to play in Major League Baseball for the likes of the Philadelphia Phillies and is now at the LG Twins in South Korea. The 33-year-old will be hoping to use his experience to guide his side to back-to-back gold medals.

USA Odds: 11/4

Next up is the USA at 11/4, with the Americans sliding down to the fourth-best team in the world in the WBSC ranking due to Chinese Taipei being ranked as second in the world. Unfortunately for the U.S, Major League Baseball refused to give national teams access to 40-man roster players so they are limited in terms of options.

They could only finish fourth at the WBSC Premier12 despite beating Japan in the tournament 4-3, but, 2-1 and 3-2 losses to the likes of Australia and Mexico summed up their tournament, with the latter seeing them miss out on the bronze medal.

The USA are priced at 11/4 to win the Gold Medal for Baseball at the Tokyo Olympic Games this year.

Dominican Republic Odds: 6/1

The Dominican Republic are currently ranked as the seventh-best team in the world of baseball, having gained three positions this year having qualified for the Olympic Games at the expense of the Netherlands and Venezuela.

It was a long road for the Dominica Republic to find their way into this year’s competition, as they were eliminated in the first round at the Premier12 and attempted to qualify via the Americas Qualifying Tournament, but, ended up being runners-up to the U.S. The DR did come up clutch in the final qualifying tournament though, as they defeated Venezuela 8-5 in the final to qualify for the Olympics in this field for the first time since Barcelona in 1992.

Mexico Odds: 8/1

Mexico are the fifth best team according to the baseball world rankings and aren’t restricted for player choices, as their league aren’t part of Major League Baseball.

The Mexicans managed to finish as bronze medallists in the Premier12 having beaten the USA 3-2 in the Bronze Medal Game. They also managed some impressive displays along their way to qualification for this year’s tournament, beating Chinese Taipei 2-0 and Australia 3-0.

Israel Odds: 28/1

Last but not least is Israel, who come in with lengthy odds of 28/1 as the 24th best team in the world of baseball.

Israel shocked the world of sport when they became the first team to qualify for the Olympics baseball competition alongside Japan having come out on top in a qualifying tournament in Italy, that features teams from Africa and Europe after they beat the Netherlands in the final of the round-robin competition via holding in a head-to-head tiebreaker.

If the Israeli’s are to go far in the Olympics, then they will be looking towards the likes of Ian Kinsler, who has been taking part in the Atlantic League to prepare himself for the games this year. The 39-year-old who formerly played for the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox has an impressive CV, as he is a four-time all-star second baseman and a two-time Golden Glove winner.

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