The perfect scenario can occur to allow the Dominican Republic and the United States to advance to the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classics.
It was important for the United States to win Wednesday’s game to create the perfect scenario for both them and the Dominican Republic to advance to the next round.
On Tuesday, it was a rematch of the WBC final when Puerto Rico faced the Dominican Republic. This time around Puerto Rico got its revenge with a 3-1 victory that ended the Dominican’s 11-game winning streak.
Since the Dominican Republic lost and the United States won its first games of the second round, this is the scenario that needs to happen for both teams to advance to the semi-finals.
The Dominican Republic beats Venezuela
The United States beats Puerto Rico
Venezuela beats Puerto Rico
The Dominican Republic beats the USA
The complicated part of this scenario is Puerto Rico losing two games in a row. So far in the tournament, Puerto Rico is undefeated and looks like the best team.
On Friday the United States has a chance to defeat Puerto Rico because of its starting pitching. In this game, the USA needs to strike early to relieve pressure from its pitchers because, in two of the three victories for the United States, it has taken them until the sixth inning or later to score its first runs of the game.
If Puerto Rico loses to the USA on Friday then Saturday’s game against Venezuela becomes a must win for them.
The last time Puerto Rico faced Venezuela, the game ending in a mercy rule with an 11-0 victory in the first round of the group stages.
If everything goes according to plan, then Saturday’s night game between the Dominican Republic and the United States will be an elimination game for the Dominicans.
The last time these two teams faced each other was in the first round when the United States blew a 5-0 led to the Dominican Republic by allowing seven unanswered runs. This time around will team USA look to get its revenge against the Dominicans or lose to have a chance to face them in the World Baseball Classic Championship game.