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WBC: Wednesday pitch count impacts
Posted by Gus Papadopoulos at 3/9/2006 8:51:00 AM
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Quick notes on major league pitchers who took part in Wednesday's WBC games, and subsequent eligibility for later games based on WBC pitch count rules:

United States:  Tough day for Dontrelle Willis (65 pitches). He's now ineligible until Monday, and that's if the US advances to the second round. No other US pitcher that went Wednesday threw 50 pitches or more, so that means everyone on the US staff, except Willis, is eligible for the game against South Africa on Thursday.

Think anyone from the Canadian and Mexican camps is thinking of rigging Wednesday's game to kick the big bad Americans out of the tournament? If Mexico wins 1-0 or 2-0, both Mexico and Canada advance and Team USA is eliminated.

Canada:  Not only did Canada upset the US on Wednesday, they successfully did so with their second-string bullpen. Adam Loewen threw 61 pitches, so he's ineligible until Monday. However, Canada has everyone on their staff, except for past starters Loewen and Erik Bedard, eligible to back up Jeff Francis against Mexico on Thursday night.

Mexico:  Mexico also successfully used their B-team pitchers in their win over South Africa. Therefore, everyone but past starters Rodrigo Lopez and Mexican League star Francisco Campos (56 pitches in his start on Wednesday) can pitch against Canada on Thursday. Esteban Loiaza starts against Canada, with Oliver Perez available in long relief.

Puerto Rico:  Joel Pineiro threw 56 pitches in his start against the Dutch on Wednesday night. He's now ineligible until Monday, but other that Pineiro and Javy Vazquez, everyone else on the Puerto Rican staff can go against Cuba on Friday. They're likely to have clinched a second round berth before they take the field, and may use a "staff" approach to the Cuba game as a result in order to keep everyone eligible for the next round.

Panama:  Bruce Chen threw 50 pitches against Cuba on Wednesday; he's ineligible until Monday, but Panama likely will be eliminated before then.

Venezuela:   Both Freddy Garcia (61 pitches, struck out Mike Piazza twice) and Carlos Silva (55) topped the 50-pitch mark against Italy, so both are ineligible until Monday. For Thursday's game against Australia, the Venezuelans have four ineligible pitchers (Garcia, Silva, Johan Santana and Carlos Zambrano), but they do get Victor Zambrano back. Kelvim Escobar and Gustavo Chacin will serve as the tandem starters against Australia. They'll advance with a win, which seems pretty likely.

Dominican Republic:  All pitchers except Bartolo Colon are eligible against Italy on Thursday. They'll advance with a win as well.

Italy:  Lenny DiNardo of the Red Sox threw 54 pitches; he's ineligible until Monday, but Italy likely will be eliminated before then.


Great stuff, Gus - if I'm the O's I don't like Loewen who had a partially torn labrum throwing that many pitches this early, and if I'm the Mariners, I'd like to see Pineiro eased into action as well.
Posted by cliss at 3/9/2006 6:55:00 PM

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