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WBC: Netherlands vs Cuba Pitching Match Up

WBC: Netherlands vs Cuba Pitching Match Up

Round 2 begins today in Tokyo, Japan as the winners from Pool A and Pool B meet for a chance at the semi-finals in San Francisco. To kick off Round 2, Pool A winner Cuba will take on Pool B runner up Netherlands. Let’s take a look at the starters for the game.


Taking the hill again for the Dutch will be Diegomar Markwell. He started Game 1 of the Classic for the Dutch against Korea tossing four scoreless innings to pick up the win.

The left-handed pitcher is the cousin of teammate Andruw Jones, and spent some time in the minor leagues making it as high as Double-A in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. However, since 2004 he has been pitching in Europe in the Dutch Major League except for a short stint in the CPBL in 2006.

In 2012, Markwell was brilliant for the Neptunus Rotterdam going 11-1 with an ERA of just 1.34 over 80.2 innings. The lefty keeps the ball down and gets ground balls which is how he kept the powerful bats of Korea at bay. He will have his work cut out for him with the way Cuba has been swinging the bats.


Cuba will start right-hander Ismel Jimenez who pitches for the Sancti Spiritus of the Cuban National Series. In 2012, he went 17-5 with a 2.48 ERA in 26 games pitching 185.0 innings. The former infielder is in his second Classic.

Jimenez pitched Cuba’s opening game against Brazil tossing 4.2 scoreless innings. He gave up just four hits and struck out six along the way.

About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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