The World Baseball Classic is arguably one of the best baseball tournaments to watch. Players from all around the world compete for their country, trying to come out on top. With the United States trying to win it in back-to-back appearances, they are going to have some tough competition with the Dominican Republic, Japan, and Puerto Rico all being top tier teams as well. Team USA, being led by Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, has one of the best lineups in the Classic. One thing that could hurt the United States is their pitching staff. They definitely don’t have the best pitching staff but if they keep hitting how they are, they will be just fine.
Team Puerto Rico got some devastating news that their ace closer, Edwin Diaz, is out with a torn patellar tendon from celebrating their recent victory. Puerto Rico still has a very strong staff including Marcus Stroman and Fernando Cruz, which still gives them hope. Javier Baez hopes to lead this team, offensively, after playing second the past two times they have played in the classic.
Venezuela is the favorite to win it all this year. With multiple veterans looking to take it home for their country, Venezuela is a very solid team being led by designated hitter and team captain Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera has great knowledge of the game as he has been in the major leagues for 20 years. With all the knowledge he can share with the team, Venezuela is going to be scary.
Team Japan is led by arguably the best baseball player to step on a field, Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani is going to lead Japan by throwing on the mound and blasting homeruns when he is in the batter’s box. But he is not the only good baseball player on this team, they also have Yu Darvish, Seiya Suzuki, and Lars Nootbar. These are some of the greatest players from Japan and they are wanting to win.
The semi-finals have finished, and the US team will take on the team from Japan in the WBC final. The final is played for the bragging rights of the world, until the next Classic takes place.