The strongest Japanese starting rotation revealed, Ohtani China-Darvish Korean start, Sasaki debuted against the Czech Republic
The starting pitcher rotation of the Japanese national team aiming to win the World Baseball Classic (WBC) has been revealed. Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels), Yu Darvish (37, San Diego Padres), Rocky Sasaki (22, Chiba Lotte Marines), and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25, Orix Buffaloes) are expected to take the mound in turn in four games in the first round group stage. . The Japan national team is scheduled to play group stage matches against China, Korea, the Czech Republic and Australia from March 9th.
These four starting pitchers are key pitchers who were first announced to join the national team by manager Hideki Kuriyama (61) in early January.먹튀검증
In the Korean game, Darvish, not Ohtani, will pitch. After appearing as a closer in the 2009 final, Darvish will return to Korea for the first time in 14 years.
Sasaki, the main character of ‘Perfect Game’, and Yamamoto, who has won 4 crowns for 2 consecutive years, take their first step towards the WBC. On the 25th and 26th, they will start a practice game with Softbank Hawks side by side.
Sasaki throws 2 innings, Yamamoto 3 innings. This is the first official match for the national team, which sold out tickets early.
Sasaki, who achieved the youngest perfect game last year. This WBC is the first adult representative competition.
The pace is smoothly adjusted. On the 15th, he participated in his first real game as a member of Chiba Lotte. He started in a practice game against the Yakult Swallows and pitched two scoreless innings. He struck out Murakami Munetaka (23, Yakult), the fourth hitter of the Japanese national team, with a fast ball to the inside at 160 km/h. 5 out of 6 out counts were caught swinging and striking out.
After starting against Softbank on the 25th, Sasaki will play against the Chunichi Dragons on March 3-4. He checks his condition in two matches and comes out against the Czech Republic on March 11th.
Two major league pitchers, Ohtani and Darvish, can participate in the evaluation match against the Hanshin Tigers and Orix, which will be held from March 6th. However, due to the schedule of the first round, which starts on the 9th, it is realistically difficult to pitch.
The starting schedule for the group stage is linked to the following rounds 2 and 3. The quarterfinals of the second round will be held on the 15th and 16th, and the semifinals and finals will be held in the United States. It is highly likely that Ohtani and Darvish will play in the quarterfinals after the group stage on the 9th and 10th.