The World Baseball Classic playoffs are here with four teams all looking to take home the title and all are more than deserving of being there making these final two rounds interesting.
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.
A number of teams are heading home earlier than they wanted and many are looking at the lack of commitment from some of their biggest stars as a big reason for their early exit.
Pool A features a group of teams that many might not think of as baseball powers when they first look at them but all are here to make an impact regardless of what others think.
The second round of the WBC has gone through the halfway point with Pool 1 finishing off the Asian leg of the tournament. In the end two teams would survive and earn a trip to California for the semi-finals and a 1 in four chance at the WBC Championship. Pool 1 would simply continue the trend that has been set for this tournament with the unexpected around every corner.
The World Baseball Classic got underway this past week as the Asian pools began their tournament and their quest for the WBC title. Pool A and Pool B were in need of a very different schedule than the other pools in the tournament. With game staking place in Japan and Taiwan these two pools needed time to adjust when they eventually move to the USA.
The second pool in the WBC tournament does not have the powerhouses that Pool A has but there it still could be a good race. The pool does not feature the top powers in the world like Japan or Cuba but they do have four very good teams to fill out Pool B. The pool may not contain the next champion but that doesn’t mean that the competition during the round robin won’t be good.