Yu Darvish (37, San Diego Padres) and Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels) are the core forces of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) Japan team. With the joining of the two players, the Japanese national team is being evaluated as the strongest power ever.
The major league ace and ace and pivotal hitter whose explanation could be an understatement. Darby shot threw 194⅔ last year, won 16 wins, 토토사이트 tying his most wins in a season, and recorded an average ERA of 3.10 and 197 strikeouts. Ahead of his 12th season in the major leagues, he is the oldest member of the Japanese national team. Ohtani posted a 15-9 record of 2.33 as a pitcher last year, and a batting average of 2.33 as a hitter, 34 homers and 95 RBIs. He was the first in the major leagues to fill in both innings and at-bats at the same time.
The Japanese national team is aiming for the 3rd WBC championship by attracting the strongest members. Various stories come and go from various perspectives regarding the selection and utilization of players. In particular, attention is focused on Ohtani’s two-time job, pitcher position, and mound operation for each round.
In the midst of this, Japanese national team pitching coach Masato Yoshii (58) revealed a sketch on a radio program on the 22nd. He said that he would bring Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25, Orix Buffaloes) and Roki Sasaki (22, Chiba Lotte Marines), the best pitchers in Japanese professional baseball, to the semifinals and finals held in the United States. I put the points on Yamamoto and Sasaki, not on Darvish and Ohtani.
Pitching coach Yoshii, who is also the Chiba Lotte head coach, said, “The world wants to see Yamamoto and Sasaki throw.
This is a story told under the premise that national team coach Hideki Kuriyama (62) has the final decision. Asian teams, including Japan and Korea, will play the first round group stage, the second round quarterfinals in Japan, and the semifinals in the United States.
Pitching coach Yoshii said that the quarterfinals are important to advance to the US round, and that the roles of Darvish and Ohtani are important. Japanese sports magazines such as Sports Hochi reported that pitching coach Yoshii reiterated his plan to start Yamamoto and Sasaki in the American round.
Darvish and Ohtani are already the best players in the world. I think this tournament will be an opportunity to introduce Yamamoto and Sasaki to the world. Of course, only if you succeed in advancing to the semifinals is it possible to face off against the championship candidates from the United States and the Dominican Republic, where the best players in the major leagues are competing.
Yamamoto won the MVP award and the Sawamura Award given to the best starting pitcher for two consecutive years, winning 4 wins, ERA, strikeouts, and winning percentage for two consecutive years. After this season, he is planning to enter the major leagues through the posting system. In April of last year, Sasaki achieved the youngest perfect game against Orix with 19 strikeouts in 9 innings. With a fastball of 164 km/h, he threw a phenomenal pitch that set a new record for striking out 13 consecutive batters.
Darvish, who is expected to play a pivotal role in the Japanese national team, is expected to join the Miyazaki national team camp in February. Pitching coach Yoshii said that negotiations with his team are progressing positively.
Pitching coach Yoshii said that the game against Korea was the most important in the first round.