The World Baseball Classic is coming to a close as another big game marked the end of the second round and gave insight into the next round of the tournament.
The Semi-Finals are almost entirely determined with a lot of familiar teams in the running leaving some of the countries in need of growth out of the final rounds.
The second round is in full swing as the World Baseball Classic focus shifts to California with four teams looking to make the semi-finals as a clash of cultures continues to play out in the tournament.
Pool C features the one team that everyone looks to every tournament as a favourite and yet can never win along with a defending champion in what could be an interesting pool stage.
The 2013 World Baseball Classic would see a revival of Caribbean baseball as two Caribbean teams would face off in the finals. It was a change from previous years where Japan would win the WBC and Asian countries would play a major role in the top teams of the tournament. This year it was different as the Caribbean teams would make their impact in the tournament and show that the Caribbean is a true baseball hot bed.
There is only really one way to describe the 2013 World Baseball Classic and that is simply unpredictable. It has been the overwhelming theme this year as teams have been eliminated early that were never supposed to be sitting on the outside.
Pool 2 in the 2013 World Baseball Classic was one full of surprises for the tournament and much like Pool 1 had two very different type of teams. There were the teams that were expected to make it into this round and those who were not expected to make it in. The USA and Dominican Republic were expected to be here while Italy and Puerto Rico were not thought to be able to make it here.
Pool C moves to the Americas as the other side of the world gets to show their strength in the WBC. The pool will feature a number of strong powers from the Caribbean which is a powerhouse of baseball. Places like the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico have been the base of the talent pool in the MLB as they have boasted some of the best players in the MLB.