-After the rosters were officially announced on Wednesday, we will present the World Baseball Classic power ranking.
1. Dominican Republic; 2.- United States; 3.-Venezuela; 4.-Japan; 5.-Puerto Rico; 6.-South Korea; 7.-Mexico; 8.- Cuba; 9.-Holland; 10.-China Taipei; 11.-Canada; 12.-Colombia; 13.- Italy; 14.-Israel; 15.- Australia and 16.- China.
The Dominicans are defending champions had a perfect 8-0 record in the Classic of 2013 led by MVP Robinson Cano, so they become favorites before the tournament.
The alignment tilts to the right, but I think his manager Tony Peña will not shake his hand to write the following names on his alignment card.CF Starling Mars; SS Manny Machado; 2B Robinson Cano; 3B Adrián Beltré; DH Nelson Cruz; RF José Bautista; 1B Hanley Ramírez; C Welington Castillo and LF Gregory Polanco
The bank includes Carlos Santana, Jonathan Villar and José Reyes. The rotation is strong at the top, with Johnny Cueto and Carlos Martinez, followed by Edinson Vólquez and Wily Peralta as well as other starter candidates (Alex Reyes, Bartolo Colón and Ivan Nova that could be added in the second round)
The bullpen includes Jeurys Family, Dellin Betances, Alex Colomé, Héctor Neris, Fernando Rodney, Hansel Robles and Santiago Casilla.
That's a lot of power on the right side. No doubt Peña will put Cueto and Martinez before the toughest rivals, which makes the Dominican team to win. While not only is it true that the United States has never won the World Baseball Classic, but there is also the fact that they have not even reached the final game. Thanks to some lobbying and telephone calls from manager Jim Leyland have managed to make their most solid roster in the history of the event.
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