Japanese Press “Darvish, likely to be selected for the WBC Korea-Japan match” Prospect
There is a local forecast in Japan that Darvish Yu (San Diego Padres) is likely to start the World Baseball Classic (WBC) Korean game.
Japanese media Nikkan Sports reported on the 29th that the Japanese baseball team will operate the starting lineup in the order of Shohei Otani (LA Angels), Darvish, Loki Sasaki (Chiba Lotte Marines), and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Orix Buffaloes) in the first round of the WBC finals held in March. expected to
Starting with China, Japan will face 스포츠토토 Korea, the Czech Republic and Australia in the first round of the finals. It is observed that the experienced veteran Darvish will be selected for the second opponent, Korea. It is said that Ohtani will take the mound in the relatively weak match against China and aim for victory, and then put Darvish in the match against Korea, which will be the watershed for advancing to the quarterfinals. Darvish appeared in the 2009 WBC, which Japan won, a total of five times, including selection and relief.
Ohtani and Darvish can throw up to 65 pitches in the first round according to the WBC Pitch Rule. The number increases to 80 for the quarterfinals and 95 after the semifinals.
While it is known that Korea is focusing on the first match against Australia in the group stage, the starting pitchers for the first and second matches are undecided. However, according to the precedent in which left-handed pitchers were effective, the possibility of left-handed pitchers such as Kim Gwang-hyun (SSG Landers), Yang Hyeon-jong, Lee Eui-ri (KIA Tigers), Koo Chang-mo (NC Dinos), and Kim Yun-sik (LG Twins) is being raised.
Meanwhile, ahead of the WBC, Major League Baseball clubs are planning to allow players to join their respective teams only in early March when the opening of the tournament is imminent. As a result, not only Darvish and Ohtani, but also Japanese national players such as Seiya Suzuki (Chicago Cubs), Las Nuba (St. Louis Cardinals), and Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox, outfielder), as well as Ha-seong Kim (San Diego) and Tommy Hyeonsu Edmon ( St. Louis) and other players from the Korean national team will also join ahead of the finals.