It’s hard to imagine a player having a better first month in the big leagues than Jose Abreu did in April. He managed to lead all Major Leaguers in home runs (10) and RBI (31) while totaling more bases than any other player as well. His presence in the lineup has been the lightning bolt that electrified the White Sox offense Frankenstein offense back to life and thanks to a brilliantly balanced approach at the plate the Cuban slugger shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Continue reading
Another day, another round of fireworks for the participants in the World Baseball Classic. Cuba got the day started off with a brilliant display of power, eviscerating the club from Chinese Taipei 14-0. As the day roll on we saw a pair of teams advance out of Pool C, while the favorite, Venezuela, saw their tournament come to a quick conclusion. Over in Arizona things got a little more heated with Mexico and Canada having a good ole’ fashion brawl before the United States vanquished Italy on a David Wright grand slam. Let’s run through all of Saturday’s action:
The final WBC exhibitions took place today and with half of the tournament’s 16 teams set to deliver the first pitch on Tuesday now is the time to break down the pools one by one, starting with Pool A. Japan and Cuba are the heavy favorites to advance out of this group as China and Brazil are expected to offer little resistance. But as we saw in 2009, when the heavily favored Dominican Republic was eliminated by the Netherlands, anything can happen. Let’s take a look at each of the four ball clubs, who begin play Saturday.