Mexico is motivated to go all-out after defeating Canada.
Mexico has proved to be a great team, beating Canada 10-3 on Wednesday and moving on to the quarterfinals in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
Pool C was the United States and everyone else when the World Baseball Classic started last week. Team USA, the defending champion was the overwhelming favorite. The position players are unmatched. The tournament's best pitching staff.
Mexico shocked the United States on Sunday to recover from a loss against Colombia in the group opener. The Mexicans won the pool by thrashing Canada 10-3 on Wednesday to complete their turnaround and reach the quarterfinals for the first-ever time. Mexico will face Puerto Rico in Miami on Friday.
Puerto Rico won by beating the Dominican Republic (one of the tournament favorites) with a 5-2 victory. However, the victory was marred when All-Star closer Edwin Diaz was removed from the field in a wheelchair after sustaining a right knee injury during celebrations. Diaz's parent club, the New York Mets, stated that he would be tested on Thursday.
Later, Team USA joined Mexico in the quarterfinals of the pool and beat Colombia 3-2 to advance. Mike Trout was the leader of the team, going three-for-four with a triple and three RBI. Mexico and the U. S. finished group play 3-1 but lost the head to head tiebreaker. The Americans will face Venezuela, the Group D winner on Saturday.
The team's depth is evident in the fact that Mexico lost to Colombia, and won the remaining three pool games. They were supposed to win the first game. Why? Because Julio Urias was the country's brightest star. He was hoping to pitch in the quarterfinals.
Gil stated in Spanish that "we have to clarify some things with the Dodgers but, certainly, Julio will go. I don't want incorrect information. But we will have a conversation with Dodgers. To clarify, and to be synchronized with exactly how many pitches he's comfortable throwing,
Last Saturday, Urias threw 52 pitches in five innings against Colombia. Gil suggested that Urias could take on a similar workload on Friday. In pool play, pitchers were limited to 65 pitches per game. This number increases to 80 in the quarterfinal round, and to 95 for the semifinals and finals.
The Tampa Bay Rays' standout, who led the club to a historic 2020 postseason, reached base in every one of his five plate appearances on Wednesday. He was the leadoff hitter and hit two doubles, was hit by two pitches, and walked once, with five RBI. He was seven for fourteen in group play with five doubles, nine RBI and nine RBI.
28-year-old Arozarena is well-known for his cowboy boots. He wore a sombrero and a lucha liberta mask in the dugout. He was admired for his subtle celebration, which involved folding his arms after a big hit. During Wednesday's eighth inning pitching change, he signed autographs for fans in right field.
He was signing a huge glove. They keep asking me about it, but they just want to know that it's Randy. He has his boots on. He's Randy Arozarena."