Friday, March 06, 2009

Re. The World Baseball Classic

Due to work commitments, I will not be attending any of the games. But, I will of course be following the tournament. I already caught a bit of the South Korea/Chinese Taipei match today.

Canada is in Pool C along with the U.S., Venezuela and Italy. Analytically speaking, it's unlikely that Canada will finish at the top of their pool. However, it's possible for Canada to finish second. Remember, the top two teams in each pool advance to the next round. I know for certain that the U.S. will be in first and Italy will be in fourth. So Canada will have to battle Venezuela for the second spot. It won't be easy - Venezuela has a very good roster. Of course, once the first pitch is thrown, all bets are off and anything can happen. Canada has a decent roster, but their pitching looks very suspect.

Meanwhile, just for fun, here are all the Blue Jays taking part in the WBC:

Canada - Scott Richmond

Dominican Republic - Jose Bautista

Mexico - Rod Barajas

Puerto Rico - Alex Rios

Venezuela - Marco Scutaro


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