Team Japan capped off another win this morning against Team Czech Republic to increase their record to 3-0 in the World Baseball Classic. The Japan lineup steamrolled Team Czech Republic with a 10-2 victory and they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down, either. Team Japan is currently first in the WBC in runs scored (31) and team ERA (2.33).
Team Japan is Led By a Stacked Lineup
Shohei Ohtani is performing like the star he is, going nearly four perfect innings in Thursday’s game against Team China. He is also dazzling with the bat, as well. Shohei is currently batting .500 in the tournament with 1.467 OPS.
St. Louis Cardinals young star, Lars Nootbaar, is quickly becoming an icon in Japan after his performance so far. Nootbaar is batting .455 with a 1.026 OPS and has also made multiple web gems in the outfield. After Friday’s victory against Team Korea, Nootbaar addressed the crowd and gave a victory chant.
Masatake Yoshida is one of the hottest hitters so far and is also not showing any signs of cooling off. Yoshida is 5-5 in his last five at-bats with eight runs batted in already. Yoshida is one of the hottest hitters so far and is also not showing any signs of cooling off.
Team Japan is set to kick off another game tomorrow morning at 6am EST against Team Australia. Japan’s Yoshinobu Yamamoto will take the mound against Australia in hopes to lock down their fourth win in a row. Japan is looking to return to the championship and take their first title home since 2009. Team Japan currently has the most titles since the WBC started in 2006, with a title coming from the inaugural season and another one in 2009.
Tomorrow’s game against Team Australia can be watched on FS1.
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