The World Baseball Classic already has two teams in the semifinals: Cuba and Japan.
Four teams will try to conquer the remaining two spots: Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States, and Venezuela.
The scene is served for the quarterfinal duel between Mexico and Puerto Rico on Friday night.
The game will be played in Miami, at LoanDepot Park, starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Lots of MLB players will take the field and show their talent before the eyes of the entire world.
It will be played in front of a packed stadium with thousands of Mexicans and Puerto Ricans supporting their countries.
Both countries have already confirmed their starting pitchers for the game.
The pitching matchup for tomorrow night’s WBC semifinal game has been announced:
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Manager Yadier Molina will go with Marcus Stroman, the MVP of the 2017 WBC when he was playing for the United States.
Now pitching for Puerto Rico, Stroman will try to give his teammates their ticket to the semifinals, where they would face Japan.
He has one start in the current edition of the WBC, and pitched 4.2 solid innings with just one run allowed.
On the other hand, Mexico’s Julio Urias had a scintillating beginning of his start against Colombia, with four scoreless frames.
In the end, he conceded three runs in five frames in that loss to open the tournament.
The Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw is capable of shutting down any lineup, and Puerto Rico is not the exception.
We will see a duel between two talented, experienced hurlers trying to extend their stay in the WBC.
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