It all comes down to Tuesday night.
Team USA reached the World Baseball Classic title game for the second straight time after a 14-2 drubbing vs. Team Cuba in the semifinals on Sunday. After a shaky start on defense with Adam Wainwright as the starting pitcher, the U.S. turned the tide in impressive fashion as the offense hit a new gear to put the game well out of reach.
But doing so in the championship game won’t be so straightforward. Team USA is tasked with beating the only undefeated team remaining in the 2023 World Baseball Classic: Japan. Shohei Ohtani and Co. beat Mexico with a semifinal walk-off on Monday, setting up a highly anticipated championship showdown.
Here’s what to know about Team USA in the WBC title game:
When is Team USA playing Japan in the WBC title game?
Team USA will play Japan in the 2023 World Baseball Classic title game on Tuesday, March 21.
What time is Team USA playing Japan in the WBC title game?
First pitch for the 2023 World Baseball Classic title game is set for 7 p.m. ET from loanDepot park in Miami.
What channel is the WBC title game on?
FOX Sports 1 will broadcast Team USA against Japan in the 2023 World Baseball Classic title game.
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Who will be Team USA’s starting pitcher in the WBC title game?
It’s expected that Arizona Diamondbacks’ Merrill Kelly will start for Team USA in the 2023 World Baseball Classic title game. Kelly started in Team USA’s Pool C game vs. Colombia – a 3-2 win – where he pitched three innings, logging four hits allowed, two runs, two walks and one strikeout on 61 pitches (36 strikes).
Who will be Japan’s starting pitcher in the WBC title game?
Instead of giving the nod to Yu Darvish or Ohtani, Shota Imanaga will be on the mound to start Tuesday’s game for Japan. Darvish and Ohtani are both expected to be available to pitch in the contest, though.