USA vs Venezuela Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for World Baseball Classic Quarterfinal (Back the Improving Americans)

USA vs Venezuela Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for World Baseball Classic Quarterfinal (Back the Improving Americans)


USA vs Venezuela Game Info

  • 2023 World Baseball Classic Quarterfinal
  • USA (3-1) vs. Venezuela (4-0)
  • Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: loanDepot Park -- Miami, FL
  • Coverage: FOX

The 2023 World Baseball Classic continues on Saturday with an exciting quarterfinal clash between USA and Venezuela. USA finished second in Pool C with a 3-1 record, while Venezuela finished first in Pool D with a 4-0 record. The winner of this contest will advance to face Cuba in the semifinals.

USA vs Venezuela Odds & Spread

  • All WBC betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: USA: (-124) | VE: (+102)
  • Spread: USA: -1.5 (+130) | VE: +1.5 (-160)
  • Total: 9.5 -- Over: (+108) | Under: (-132)

USA enters this contest as a slight favorite on the moneyline per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 9.5 runs, with +108 odds on the over and -132 odds on the under.

USA vs Venezuela Prediction & Pick

Venezuela simply steamrolled the competition in Pool D, trailing for only 3 total innings and never by more than 1 run. David Peralta and Anthony Santander were the biggest contributors on offense, combining to go 10-for-23 with 2 home runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple and 9 RBIs in four contests.

USA finished with a 3-1 record in Pool C but was not nearly as dominant. Mike Trout has been the star of the tournament so far, going 5-for-12 with 1 home run and 4 walks. The top four of USA's lineup is batting over .300 with 4 doubles, but the bottom five has struggled.

Consistency is on the side of Venezuela at the plate, but it's different on the mound. Martin Perez will start after allowing 1 run over 3 1/3 innings in his first outing. Lance Lynn gets the nod for USA after allowing just 1 run over 5 solid innings against Canada. He fed off the contagious crowd energy there, so expect a similar performance from him here as well.

Final Score Prediction: USA: 5 | Venezuela: 3

USA vs Venezuela Best Bet

This is do-or-die time for USA as a loss sends them packing prior to the WBC semifinals for the first time since 2013. The hitters are heating up with 15 runs over the last two games and Lynn is pumped to play in an elite atmosphere. Venezuela has to be careful not to be overconfident after their 4-0 start.

Venezuela has not made a WBC semifinal since 2009, so I'll back the experienced Americans to win.

Bet: USA ML (-124)

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