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2017 World Baseball Classic

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Freeman, Teheran, Ender and Garcia all on rosters as expected

Bartolo will join the Dominican if they advance from the first round.

Minor leaguers Mel Rojas Jr will play for the Dominican, Andres Avila for Mexico, Andrew Albers for Canada and Jon Kennedy, Steve Kent for Australia.

Jim Leyland will manage USA

 

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Freeman says he decided to play for Canada to honor his mother. His mom died of cancer when he was 10 and was Canadian like his father. 

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2 hours ago, Unkn0wn said:

Freeman says he decided to play for Canada to honor his mother. His mom died of cancer when he was 10 and was Canadian like his father. 

Yeah. I figured his mom was the reason for that.

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Current Braves in the WBC:

Steven Kent, Australia
Jon Kennedy, Australia
Andrew Albers, Canada
Freddie Freeman, Canada
Julio Teheran, Colombia
Mel Rojas Jr., Dominican Republic
Bartolo Colon, Dominican Republic
Andres Avila, Mexico
Jaime Garcia, Mexico
Ender Inciarte, Venezuela

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Hate seeing our SP there. I understand they want to play, but, man, a bigger load than normal so early.

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WBC started this morning with Pool A in South Korea. Israel beat South Korea 2-1 in 10 innings. Israel now plays Chinese Taipei for a chance to pretty much lock up a spot in the next round. Korea plays the Netherlands hoping to avoid almost certain elimination. 

Pool B kicks off tomorrow in Tokyo with Cuba vs Japan. China and Australia are also in Pool B.

Pool C kicks off Thursday in Miami with Canada vs Dominican. Colombia and USA are also in the pool. Team USA's first game is Friday at 6 PM.

Pool D starts Thursday in Mexico with Italy vs Mexico. Puerto Rico and Venezuela are also in the pool.

 

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4 minutes ago, Unkn0wn said:

WBC started this morning with Pool A in South Korea. Israel beat South Korea 2-1 in 10 innings. Israel now plays Chinese Taipei for a chance to pretty much lock up a spot in the next round. Korea plays the Netherlands hoping to avoid almost certain elimination. 

Pool B kicks off tomorrow in Tokyo with Cuba vs Japan. China and Australia are also in Pool B.

Pool C kicks off Thursday in Miami with Canada vs Dominican. Colombia and USA are also in the pool. Team USA's first game is Friday at 6 PM.

Pool D starts Thursday in Mexico with Italy vs Mexico. Puerto Rico and Venezuela are also in the pool.

 

I wonder how the pools are decided?

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One thing I just noticed. Israel and Colombia are first time qualifiers. Neither has made it beyond the qualifying round the previous 3 times

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6 hours ago, K26dp said:

I dunno, but it kind of sucks that the US, Canada, and DR are all in the same pool. 

Yes it does since only 2 advance to the next round.

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Israel came to play in its first ever WBC. They beat Chinese Taipei 15-7 to improve to 2-0 and are #1 in Pool A. It was 15-3 till a 4 run 9th by Taipei.

Also in Pool A the Netherlands leads Korea 5-0 in the 9th. Netherlands has a good roster. Andrelton Simmons has 2 hits and an RBI. Profar and Bogaerts follow Simmons in the lineup.

In Pool B Japan is taking it to Cuba 7-1 in the 6th. Cuba is struggling in all phases. They have 2 hits and 2 errors. 

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Japan defeats Cuba 11-6

Netherlands defeats Korea 5-0

Pool A standings

Israel 2-0

Netherlands 1-0

Taipei 0-1

Korea 0-2

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37 minutes ago, Unkn0wn said:

Pool A standings

 

Israel 2-0

Netherlands 1-0

Taipei 0-1

Korea 0-2

I would have expected those records to have been flipped.

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Korea is probably the biggest surprise besides Israel so far. Korea has managed 1 run on 13 hits through 19 innings. They went to 10 innings with Israel and managed 6 hits. They're in danger of being bumped to the qualifying round for the first time in 2020. Any team that finishes last in their pool is bumped down and must go through qualifying rounds against the teams that didn't qualify. Teams in the top 3 of their pool qualify for the WBC automatically.

Spain and Brazil are the two that failed to qualify this year after being in it in 2012. Colombia and Israel won those two spots. Australia and Mexico were forced to qualify again and did so. 

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Pool C is the group of death for this WBC. Canada, USA and Dominican. All three of those teams made runs in 2012, Dominican won the whole thing.

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Jim Leyland names Chris Archer his starter for Friday vs Colombia. Teheran or Quintana likely to be the opponent.

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Cuba beat China 6-0.

Pool B Standings

  • Japan 1-0
  • Cuba 1-1
  • Australia 0-0
  • China 0-1

Bruce Chen started and pitched for China and shutdown Cuba until he left the came after 4 2/3. He was pulled at 49 pitches because the pitch limit for round 1 is 50. If you go over 50 you cannot pitch the remained of the round.

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Australia and Japan tied 1-1 in the 5th. Australia trying to shock the world.

Taipei leads Netherlands 5-4 in the 5th. Jair Jurrjens started for the Netherlands

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Netherlands and Israel play tonight to see who wins Pool A. Both have clinched a ticket to round two. Taipei and Korea are eliminated but will play to qualify for a spot in the next WBC.

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