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WBC: Venezuela vs Dominican Republic Pitching Match Up

WBC: Venezuela vs Dominican Republic Pitching Match Up

In what might be the most exciting match up of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, the Dominican Republic faces off with Venezuela to start off Pool C from Puerto Rico later today. The game features two of the most exciting offenses in the tournament, but the pitching isn’t too bad either. Let’s take a look at who will be starting.

Venezuela

Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez will get the start for Venezuela in what will be a huge game. Sanchez started the 2012 MLB season with the Miami Marlins before being traded to the Tigers. He finished the year 9-13 with a 3.86 ERA over 31 games.

Sanchez has been fairly consistent since 2010 posting around 195 innings pitched and an ERA between 3.55 and 3.86 each season. This is Sanchez’s first start in the WBC, but he has pitched internationally during the winter in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican will counter with fellow MLB starter Edinson Volquez of the San Diego Padres. Volquez went 11-11 in 2012 with the Padres posting a 4.14 ERA in 32 starts. The former N.L. All-Star is coming off his first full MLB season since 2008 when he won 17 games with the Reds.

In 182.2 innings, Volquez struck out 174, but he also led the league in walks with 105. He will have his hand full with the Venezuela lineup.

Volquez was with the Dominican Republic’s 2009 WBC team. He started one game giving up three runs in three innings losing to the Netherlands.

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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