2023 World Baseball Classic

LogansDad

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Ugh, it's like 2012 all over again. Man I hope he can snap out of this before the regular season starts.

Edit: Also, Altuve being hurt is a huge bummer. That looks bad.
 

AB in DC

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Why is Bard even on this team? He's creeping up on 38 years old, and he's had exactly one season below 4.20 xFIP in his last 10+ years. Is there really no one better than him who could pitch for USA?
 

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Why is Bard even on this team? He's creeping up on 38 years old, and he's had exactly one season below 4.20 xFIP in his last 10+ years. Is there really no one better than him who could pitch for USA?
I'm gonna say no. Otherwise he wouldn't be there. Lots of good US pitchers opted out (or were/are hurt or returning from injury).
 

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I'm gonna say no. Otherwise he wouldn't be there. Lots of good US pitchers opted out (or were/are hurt or returning from injury).
thats the problem with the tournament - it’s not really the best players from each country. If team USA had its best arms, would a single pitcher on this roster still be on the team?
 

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So uncomfortable watching bard. I felt bad for him, such a good story and guy.

Getting late early USA.

The announcers asking the same question about DeRosa. Inexperience there in an elimination game.
 

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Why is Bard even on this team? He's creeping up on 38 years old, and he's had exactly one season below 4.20 xFIP in his last 10+ years. Is there really no one better than him who could pitch for USA?
I mean, the fact that said season came last year might have a little to do with it. He was legit good in 2022.
 

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thats the problem with the tournament - it’s not really the best players from each country. If team USA had its best arms, would a single pitcher on this roster still be on the team?
Thing is, it is the best players from each country...except the US. Plenty of quality pitchers elsewhere: Ohtani, Darvish, Alcantara, Urias, Javier, Perez, Berrios, etc. LA Times had an interesting take on it the other day. https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2023-03-13/united-states-pitchers-fan-growth-wbc-mlb
 

AB in DC

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I mean, the fact that said season came last year might have a little to do with it. He was legit good in 2022.
Too bad it's 2023 now.

He's now made three appearances in the WBC. 1.2 innings, 5 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 HBP.. He's faced 15 batters and gotten exactly four of them out. (plus one CS)
 

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Quijada celebrating a called 3rd strike above the zone after the first called strike was a full ball above the zone. I hope we crush Venezuela. Let's go!
 

twibnotes

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Really don’t want the final four to be 50 pct communist regimes

wish more usa pitchers cared about this thing
 

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I don’t think that last pitch typically gets called a strike in MLB (maybe 20% of the time?). Tucker thought it was clearly a ball. It was rising, 6 inches above the belt.
 

AB in DC

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Thing is, it is the best players from each country...except the US. Plenty of quality pitchers elsewhere: Ohtani, Darvish, Alcantara, Urias, Javier, Perez, Berrios, etc. LA Times had an interesting take on it the other day. https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2023-03-13/united-states-pitchers-fan-growth-wbc-mlb
Meanwhile Miles Mikolas, one of the few competent starters on the roster, gets 2 mop-up innings against Canada (after being dicked around by DeRose) and nothing else.