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#21 Posted on 14.3.06 1105.58
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Well, Dontrelle had another bad game, allowing 3 ER in 3 innings, and Korea pulled off the upset, beating Team USA 7-3, once again putting their hopes of advancing to the next round in jeopardy.

This time, they basically need to beat Mexico. If they do that, they are all but guaranteed a spot.

The only way they don't make it with two wins (which is what they would have) is if they finish in a 3-way-tie with two wins (which only happens if Japan also beat Korea and Mexico). In that scenario, the team with the most runs allowed in games against the other two loses out.

Contrariwise, they only way they can advance with a loss to Mexico is if Korea beats Japan and Japan beats Mexico. That would put the US, Japan, and Mexico all at 1-2, and the team with the fewest runs allowed advances.

Pool 2 is a jumble, with all 4 teams currently at 1-1. That means the two teams that advance will be the ones that win their final game, which means either Puerto Rico or Cuba, and either Venezuela or the Dominican Republic.
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#22 Posted on 14.3.06 1408.46
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    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    >Pool 2 is a jumble, with all 4 teams currently at 1-1. That means the two teams that advance will be the ones that win their final game, which means either Puerto Rico or Cuba, and either Venezuela or the Dominican Republic.


Really, it's a single elimination tournament. The semifinal games are the first place team in the block versus the second place team in the same block.
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#23 Posted on 14.3.06 1543.55
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Finally got my net working and had to add my two cents about the WBC cause it taking over the island. The crowds have been wild, especially this second round, as many dominicans, venezuelans and cubans that live here have filled the seats from day one. PR pitching has been our suprise and has taken us all the way to the last game, now its win and we're going to San Diego. Overall I think the WBC has been a great success for baseball, espcially for the island and the latino movement in baseball.
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#24 Posted on 18.3.06 0224.11
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    Originally posted by MedallaGuy
    Finally got my net working and had to add my two cents about the WBC cause it taking over the island. The crowds have been wild, especially this second round, as many dominicans, venezuelans and cubans that live here have filled the seats from day one. PR pitching has been our suprise and has taken us all the way to the last game, now its win and we're going to San Diego. Overall I think the WBC has been a great success for baseball, espcially for the island and the latino movement in baseball.


Sadly, however, the USA's early elimination may be the biggest factor in the tournament's continued long-term existence. It sucks, since March Madness basically pushed the WBC out of everyone's minds in Canada and the States, but it really is helping baseball internationally, which is *supposed* to be the point.
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#25 Posted on 18.3.06 0811.45
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From what I've heard the ratings have been great so far, especially in the young male demographics.

I'm getting tired of all the excuses for the US loss. They were given a favorable schedule, rules, favorable umpiring, homefield advantage, etc. And they still lost. I was willing to write off the loss to Canada as a fluke -"any given Sunday" thing. But then we lost to Korea, Mexico, and should've lost to Japan too. Six games is enough time to show who you are. Aside from Willis, the pitching has been fine, the players just can't hit. I don't know if they spent all offseason on the couch eating Cheetos, but they need to start hitting earlier next time.

The worst excuse I keep hearing from guys like James Carville (yes he's on sports talk), is that the Koreans just "wanted it more." This is possible in football or boxing, yet makes no sense in baseball. How does Hee Sop Choi "want to" hit a baseball any more than a Vernon Wells. If anything it was the opposite, US guys were wanting to do too much - hit a three run homer every atbat. would it kill them to show some plate discipline and draw a walk.

The other factors are also overstated. No matter how bad the managing might have been, Buck Martinez didn't cost them any more games than he won.

Also they say we need more elite players, but we had the best out there. The casual fan may have preferred a big name like Helton, but Texiera had 144 RBIs last year and just couldn't hit.

the games were close and exciting, and I'll continue to watch even though we are out.
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