The main batters of the Dominican Republic national team, the first candidate to win the World Baseball Classic (WBC), began to wield a hard hit in the early stages of the demonstration game.
Representative major leaguers selected for the Dominican Republic national team are Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays, Juan Soto and Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres, and Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners.메이저사이트
First of all, Guerrero showed off a good sense of long hitting by hitting homeruns in two consecutive games at the opening of the demonstration game. On the 27th (Korean time), Guerrero appeared as the designated hitter in the home demonstration game against the New York Yankees held at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, and recorded 1 hit, 2 RBI and 1 run in 3 at-bats. Toronto lost 5-9.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, where the score was 3-6, Guerrero fired a two-runner that went over to left center from 1 out and 2 base. On a full count, he pulled an 82-mph slider that flowed to the outside of opposing right-hander Matt Bowman and slid over his left field fence. Distance 401 feet (122 m).
In the match against the Pittsburgh Pirates the previous day, Guerrero fired a large mid-wall two-run gun with a distance of 432 feet (432 m) from David Bednar in the top of the 4th inning. He exploded a large home run two days in a row and saw a thrilling taste.
Guerrero, who hit 32 home runs last year, was evaluated as falling short of expectations, so he is determined to face this season.
MLB.com said, ‘Looking back, I’m well aware that Guerrero looked uneasy at the plate last year. He said that it was because he had a lot of pressure to reproduce the previous season’s performance. However, he regained his mind and evaluated, “The attitude toward batting is returning to its usual form.”
After the game, Guerrero said, “I didn’t do it before, but now I’m trying to approach it very carefully. I’m going to play against my team’s pitchers and play like today and try to do as much as I can to prepare for the season.” “Of course, it’s not 100%, but I’m preparing as much as possible. I’m training hard to be 100% in line with the season opening.”
In the home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks held at Peoria Stadium in Arizona, Soto and Machado hit multi-hits side by side and led the team to a 18-6 victory. Machado, who played second and third baseman, went 2 hits, 1 RBI and 1 run in 3 at-bats, and Soto, who played as left fielder 3 times, went 3 at bats, 5 RBIs and 2 runs.
In particular, Soto’s bat seemed possessed. Soto, who hit a double from the left in the first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning, hit a double in the middle with one out and first and third in the second at-bat in the second inning with a 4-0 lead, bringing in two runners. Then, in the 4th at-bat in the 4th inning, with the runners on 1st and 2nd base, the right-middle two-run gun exploded, widening the score to 14-2. In the ball count 1B2S, he hit the high fastball in the middle of the 4th pitch of the opponent right-hander Austin Bryce and went over the middle right wall.
Soto recorded 4 hits in 5 at-bats, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 2 runs and 1 walk in 2 games. He has a batting average of 0.800 and an OPS of 2.633. Machado also has a batting average of 0.800 (4 hits in 5 at-bats), 1 RBI, 1 run, and OPS of 1.800 in 2 games, showing a high sense of hitting.
Rodriguez recorded a batting average of 0.400 (2 hits in 5 at-bats), 1 walk, and an OPS of 0.900 in the exhibition game, going 1-for-3 against the Kansas City Royals.
Rodriguez, Soto, Guerrero and Machado are candidates for the 1-4 rounds in the WBC. The Dominican Republic, which leads them, is expected to compete for the championship with the United States and Japan. The mound led by Sandy Alcantara of the Miami Marlins, a Cy Young award winner, is also strong, so American sports betting companies are choosing it as the number one candidate for the championship.