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World Baseball Classic: USA vs Japan Semi-Finals Preview
- Updated: March 20, 2017
Word Baseball Classic: USA vs Japan
Heading into the semi finals of the WBC team USA has had an incredible run defeating teams like the always dominant Dominican Republic. Led by men such as- Adam Jones, Giancarlo Stanton, and Eric Hosmer all men that play a critical role in USA’s success. Having to go up against a team such as Japan, team USA will have to play near perfect baseball. Japan being undefeated through six games will be the toughest team USA will have to face in this tournament. If everything goes as planned team USA will punch a ticket to the finals waiting to face either Puerto Rico or Netherlands. But for tonight, it will be USA vs Japan.
Taking the mound for team USA will be the Washington Nationals RHP Tanner Roark. In his last outing he didn’t have the best performance, lasting 1 1/3 inning allowing three hits on three runs. If team USA wants to make it to the championship game Roark will have to channel his inner Kershaw. I would like to see Roark try to accomplish at least 4 innings of near perfect pitching. Hopefully allowing no runs and just a few hits to try and help team USA advance. Another thing that a team always needs to win is run support, and the U.S hasn’t shown much in that department. Roark isn’t the type of pitcher that can win a game with no run support.
Which brings me to my next point the offense, power is there but seem to lack consistency in base hits. Yea power is always nice to have. Means nothing if you can’t score runs in odd numbers, the Cubs had this same problem in the 2016 NLCS. As good as the Cubs were the lineup couldn’t produce base hits and lost in four consecutive games. The same thing could potentially happen to USA. Lets just hope they can start breaking out runs in odd numbers to relieve some of the pressure off the starting pitcher. So, will USA be able to make the push pass always dangerous Japan? Or will Japan continue its WBC dominance? We will find out tomorrow at 9 P.M on MLB Network make sure you tune in should be a classic.