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WBC '09

Unread postby Erie Warrior » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:33 am

Didn't see one, so I thought I'd start it.

Watched a few innings from yesterday and today. Japan look cold at the dish, China's defense left much to be desired.

Watched Choo some this morning. He's DHing, swing looked ok, he got a base hit. Korea can rake. The announcers also mentioned that if Korea can get to the finals, the government may forgive the mandatory military service. No link to go with it, just mid inning banter. If it's true, go Korea.

Full slate tomorrow, the US plays at 2pm.

Edit: here's a link http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/worldclas ... id=3955270
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby consigliere » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:59 am

Erie Warrior wrote:The announcers also mentioned that if Korea can get to the finals, the government may forgive the mandatory military service. No link to go with it, just mid inning banter. If it's true, go Korea.


Hence why the Indians are probably okay with him staying out there even if he is a little banged up.

Full slate tomorrow, the US plays at 2pm.


Can't wait for the USA/Canada game....though I will miss it cause I have to work all weekend because I am out of town next week. Anyone know if the games will be available online somewhere?
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby dazindiansfanuk » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:18 pm

Shock horror.... The Netherlands beat the Dominican 3-2!!!
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby dazindiansfanuk » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:38 pm

Weglarz grounds out to 2B against Peavy in his first AB.

Canada lead 1-0 in the bot 2nd.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby Erie Warrior » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:38 pm

I DVR'd the Netherlands game, can't wait to watch it. US up 4-2. Peavy looked shaky, Youklis and McCann hit dongs. US with 5 hits in the 5th, Weglarz drew a BB after the ground out.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby dazindiansfanuk » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:35 pm

Weglarz hit a comebacker in his 3rd PA with runners on 2nd & 3rd and 1-out, failing to get a run in.

Just walked again against J.P. Howell in the 8th..... 0-for-2 with 2BB for Nicky.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby Erie Warrior » Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:00 pm

US- Canada is a hell of a game. 6-5 good guys, top 9. Votto bringing the wood for the canucks.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby dazindiansfanuk » Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:36 pm

DR 6-0 up on Panama in a loser-goes-home game.

Rafael Perez pitching in the 7th inning for the DR.....not sure I'm a big fan of him pitching back-to-back days at this point of the season.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby swerb » Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:40 pm

USA -300 tonight against Venezuela. Operation get the kids to bet by 8 PM so Daddy can get molared and watch baseball.

Was surprised at how big the # is. Went from wanting to bet on the US to leaning towards a small bet on Venezuela.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby dazindiansfanuk » Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:50 pm

Swerb wrote:USA -300 tonight against Venezuela. Operation get the kids to bet by 8 PM so Daddy can get molared and watch baseball.

Was surprised at how big the # is. Went from wanting to bet on the US to leaning towards a small bet on Venezuela.



At that price.... with Gallaraga going against Oswalt and the Venezuela team having a middle of the lineup of Abreu, Cabrera and Ordonez.... I might even be tempted on a big bet on Venezuela.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby osucrazy18 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:05 pm

pretty pumped for this one....and -300?! holy crap!!

i'd throw some on USA, this is a statement game
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby skatingtripods » Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:08 pm

Piss off ESPN. Mark DeRosa is not a Chicago Cub. Anybody else see that in their lineup graphic? Jackoffs.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby swerb » Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:31 pm

DeRosa plunked, first pitch of his first AB.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby osucrazy18 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:31 pm

yup this guys an indian, just got pegged in the back lol welcome to the club
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby pup » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:04 pm

Atta boy DeRosa!
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby dazindiansfanuk » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:04 pm

2-run triple for DeRosa.... hopefully a sign of things to come as I'm sure DeRosa will face Gallaraga a fair bit this season.
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Unread postby osucrazy18 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:06 pm

M V P!!!!!! lol sweet triple man, and very poorly played by the CF
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby WarAdmiral » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:39 pm

I am wishing Grady could've played. I didn't follow the last WBC, because of workload then. I have enjoyed watching these games this weekend. The Kingdom winning yesterday, brought back memories of The Miracle on Ice. I'm sitting here watching pitch by pitch with interest, and loving it.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby onlyindreams » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:57 pm

Good at bat by DeRosa with the bases loaded. He worked the count full and took the walk on a pitch that wasn't that far off the plate.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby swerb » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:58 pm

Man, this Venezuelan bullpen sucks.

Questionable move charring Silva and King Felix against the Paizans in that 1st game. Victor Zambrano? Isn't that the dude the Cubs traded Kazmir for? Then he totally fell apart? Like six years ago?
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Unread postby skatingtripods » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:59 pm

Awesome AB by DeRosa. He fits perfectly into our lineup and our clubhouse.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby swerb » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:01 pm

Ianetta .... BANG

Good god the Venezuelan bullpen sucks. Who is this meatball?
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby StewieG » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:03 pm

Swerb wrote:Ianetta .... BANG

Good god the Venezuelan bullpen sucks. Who is this meatball?


There's a couple talented Vazquez' in the bigs. This dude's not one of 'em.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby Toxicadam » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:15 pm

That little midget (Pedroia) is scary .. he's got Manny's knack for getting the big hit.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby swerb » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:20 pm

Im getting 2007 ALCS flashbacks.
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Unread postby skatingtripods » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:21 pm

"Youkilis and Pedroia are two of the all-time grinders".
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Unread postby StewieG » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:23 pm

Skating Tripods wrote:"Youkilis and Pedroia are two of the all-time grinders".


I can't believe I'm rooting for those two. But country comes first.

They're both still dicks though.
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Unread postby swerb » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:23 pm

If these announcers are right, and the Venezuelan bullpen just gets worse and worse ... we're going to see the mercy rule.
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Unread postby StewieG » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:26 pm

Their pen is awful. Good offense, good starting pitching, but no depth in the bullpen. They're going to have their hands full with Canada.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby Steve Buffum » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:28 pm

StewieG wrote:Their pen is awful. Good offense, good starting pitching, but no depth in the bullpen. They're going to have their hands full with Canada.

Now, in their defense, they're missing a few guys who would have helped (Raffy Betancourt, Johan Santana).
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby MadThinker88 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:30 pm

Steve Buffum wrote:
StewieG wrote:Their pen is awful. Good offense, good starting pitching, but no depth in the bullpen. They're going to have their hands full with Canada.

Now, in their defense, they're missing a few guys who would have helped (Raffy Betancourt, Johan Santana).


Agreed Buff. I also think a healthy VMart would be helping their squad as well.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby consigliere » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:23 pm

This is good stuff.....really enjoying what I have been able to catch so far of the WBC. I like it.....just hate the timing of it.

I'm really going to like this DeRosa guy.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby osucrazy18 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:23 pm

man, this was impressive tonight although i dono how good this ven. staff is

looks like its all business in '09
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby Chris » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:27 pm

DeRosa is gonna be a monster for us....
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Unread postby MFRONE » Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:35 am

Steve Buffum wrote:
StewieG wrote:Their pen is awful. Good offense, good starting pitching, but no depth in the bullpen. They're going to have their hands full with Canada.

Now, in their defense, they're missing a few guys who would have helped (Raffy Betancourt, Johan Santana).

There's also that other Zambrano, Carlos I think...
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby pup » Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:37 am

With the double elimination format, the Italy game was much more important for Venny to win. Which is why they went all out to win that one. They knew coming in they could (and probably would) lose to USA, so beating Canada and Italy was the way to advance.

Now, if Canada has any pitching left, that is going to be a very fun elimination game :spar:
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby onlyindreams » Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:50 am

Italy :sillies: I didn't realize they have actual Italians on their roster! I thought it was all Frank Catalanotto's and Sal Fasano's. There is actually an Italian Baseball league! Wonder why Dellucci isn't on the team? Was he waiting for the Team USA invite? :hic:
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Unread postby swerb » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:14 am

I think Looch played for em in '06.
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Unread postby KnightWhoSaysGIH » Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:08 am

Swerb wrote:I think Looch played for em in '06.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_World ... _-_Rosters

Nope, not unless this is wrong. There is a Dustin Delluchi though who is an OF.
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Unread postby consigliere » Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:25 am

Pup wrote:Now, if Canada has any pitching left, that is going to be a very fun elimination game :spar:


Yes, this should be a very heated contest. Weglarz and his mates are pumped to play VZ and advance.

I know the fans may be lukewarm about the whole WBC thing, but the players take it very seriously and the fire is certainly there to win. Just wish there was a way they could do this in like November or something so all players can play a full game and pitchers don't have such limited pitch counts. Plus it doesn't affect the season much.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby Toxicadam » Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:25 am

I got to watch part of the Korea/Japan game today. Korea won a tight game 1-0.

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In the top of the 6th, Korea had guys on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Their #4 hitter hits a topper to SS. They attempt to score on it and get thrown out at the plate, then the guy at second gets thrown out trying to advance to third.

One of the worst examples of baserunning I have seen in quite some time.

I know the fans may be lukewarm about the whole WBC thing, but the players take it very seriously


They were razzing Adam Dunn for getting so worked up about the close Canada game. Dunn said, "This is the closest I have ever been to the playoffs." I suddenly felt really bad for the guy. Especially considering he will probably end his career in Washington.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby pup » Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:37 am

Consigliere wrote:
Pup wrote:Now, if Canada has any pitching left, that is going to be a very fun elimination game :spar:


Yes, this should be a very heated contest. Weglarz and his mates are pumped to play VZ and advance.

I know the fans may be lukewarm about the whole WBC thing, but the players take it very seriously and the fire is certainly there to win. Just wish there was a way they could do this in like November or something so all players can play a full game and pitchers don't have such limited pitch counts. Plus it doesn't affect the season much.


There is really two options, IMO.

If you are going to have it this early in March, then the hitters should be aware they are on the roster and the team should go on a little tour before the start of it, playing some of the better D1 college programs in the country. Have the college kids pitch for both teams. Just to get our hitters used to live pitching. Can't do much about the pitching though if it is this week.

I think the simplest thing would be to have it the last week and a half of Spring Training though. Pitchers would be more game ready. They would be ready to go full tilt. They could stretch their pitch counts out a little more.

After the season would never work. You can't ask these guys to hump more innings after they just got done pitching for 200 innings or so. I think there is more injury risk at that time than doing it now.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby dazindiansfanuk » Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:47 am

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Pup wrote:Now, if Canada has any pitching left, that is going to be a very fun elimination game :spar:


Yes, this should be a very heated contest. Weglarz and his mates are pumped to play VZ and advance.

I know the fans may be lukewarm about the whole WBC thing, but the players take it very seriously and the fire is certainly there to win. Just wish there was a way they could do this in like November or something so all players can play a full game and pitchers don't have such limited pitch counts. Plus it doesn't affect the season much.


Play it in warm climates in November/December..... and treat it like real baseball.

Personally, I like the WBC, but if it's going to really take off it needs to have the reigns taken off the players/coaches and make it more like International Soccer.

Also, change the name.... World Baseball Classic is just too contrived..... call it the World Cup and play it every 4 years.

Also, stop calling all the teams Team USA and Team Canada.... maybe I'm being a bit petty, but what's wrong with just USA Vs Canada.... it shouldn't be seen as team Vs team it should be Country Vs Country.

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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby Erie Warrior » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:02 am

Great game. Watched a few innings of Korea- Japan this morning too. Both teams look pretty good. Go Korea. The SP for Japan looked good. Great K-BB ratio too, like 200+ IP to only 30 some BB.

I'm really enjoying the WBC this year. The 5:30 am games are a great way to start the morning. It's also interesting to watch how the skippers manage the pitching staffs. Last night is the perfect example. You've got 2 loaded rosters, with weak bullpens. Who do you start, when do you throw which guys? Good stuff.
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Unread postby Stu » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:19 am

dazindiansfanuk wrote:Also, change the name.... World Baseball Classic is just too contrived..... call it the World Cup and play it every 4 years.


hmmm.... that sounds familiar.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby KnightWhoSaysGIH » Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:27 am

Pup wrote:I think the simplest thing would be to have it the last week and a half of Spring Training though. Pitchers would be more game ready. They would be ready to go full tilt. They could stretch their pitch counts out a little more.

After the season would never work. You can't ask these guys to hump more innings after they just got done pitching for 200 innings or so. I think there is more injury risk at that time than doing it now.


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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby dazindiansfanuk » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:11 pm

Man, this Netherlands team can play some defense!

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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby swerb » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:34 pm

2 on 2 out, 1-0 lead ... Netherlands goes to a 19 year old outta the pen. Showing his high school stats ..
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby swerb » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:35 pm

K's Pudge on 3 pitches!

Im on the Cinderella bandwagon.
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Re: WBC '09

Unread postby Steve Buffum » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:53 pm

I told you the Dutch could pitch some (on TCE radio).

Edit: why was Feliciano pulled after 15 pitches?
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