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Daily Notes: World Baseball Classic, Maximum Update

Posted By Carson Cistulli On March 18, 2013 @ 10:00 am In Daily Notes | 11 Comments

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World Baseball Classic, Maximum Update
With their 3-1 victory over Japan on Sunday night, Puerto Rico has advanced to the World Baseball Classic final. On Monday, the competition’s other semifinal game — between the Dominican Republic and Netherlands — takes place at 9pm ET.

What follows is a record of the 2013 World Baseball Classic to date — with, like, two or three prose flourishes by the author, or one prose flourish by the author.

Complete WBC Bracket, With an Ad for Subway in It
Here’s the complete bracket for the 2013 World Baseball Classic — including an advertisement for American restaurant franchise Subway, it appears — copy-and-pasted from the official WBC site, but then cropped and colored differently to suggest nothing of the sort. (Click on bracket to embiggen.)

Bracket

Stats
Here is a slightly absurd, but not entirely usesless, leaderboard of the top-10 hitting performances of the World Baseball Classic so far. SCOUT+ an offensive measure (about which you can read more here) calculated with regressed home-run, walk, and strikeout rates, where 100 is average and above 100 is above average.


Player Team Pos PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Alfredo Despaigne CUB OF 21 2.6% 9.9% 16.3% 116
Hanley Ramirez DOM SS 23 2.3% 11.3% 16.7% 115
Carlos Santana DOM C 24 2.3% 12.3% 18.6% 114
Adrian Gonzalez MEX 1B 13 2.0% 11.8% 17.3% 112
Frederich Cepeda CUB OF 26 1.9% 11.7% 17.0% 111
Yoshio Itoi JPN OF 24 2.0% 10.8% 16.0% 111
David Wright USA 3B 19 2.0% 10.0% 15.9% 109
Andrelton Simmons NED SS 28 2.3% 8.6% 15.5% 109
Shinnosuke Abe JPN C 20 2.3% 9.0% 16.4% 109
Mike Aviles PUR SS 26 1.9% 9.2% 15.0% 108

And here are the top-10 pitching performances thus far — in this case by SCOUT-, a metric calculated with regressed strikeout and walk rates where 100 is average and below 100 is above average.


Player Team G GS IP TBF xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Kenta Maeda JPN 2 2 10.0 33 23.6% 8.7% 84
Masahiro Tanaka JPN 4 1 7.0 31 21.9% 8.5% 88
Samuel Deduno DOM 2 2 8.0 35 21.4% 8.8% 90
Tadashi Settsu JPN 2 0 5.1 20 20.5% 8.7% 92
Jose De La Torre PUR 4 0 4.0 19 20.6% 8.9% 92
Seunghwan Oh KOR 3 0 2.2 8 20.5% 8.9% 92
Oscar Nakaoshi BRA 2 1 5.1 22 20.2% 8.7% 92
Danny Betancourt CUB 2 2 10.2 39 20.3% 8.9% 93
Kenji Otonari JPN 2 2 6.0 22 19.6% 8.8% 94
Giancarlo Alvarado PUR 2 2 8.1 32 19.1% 8.7% 95

Notable Performance: Samuel Deduno, Unexpectedly
By the questionable method employed above, Dominican Republic and Minnesota Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno has recorded the third-most impressive performance thus far of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, informed most strongly by his start against Team USA this past Thursday, during which he posted the following line (box): 4.0 IP, 19 TBF, 7 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 5 H. In his first start, against Spain, Deduno posted a 5:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio, also in 4.0 innings (box).

Below is footage from Deduno’s start against the United States. It appears as though Deduno’s curveball was particularly effective. He records strikeouts with the pitch at the following minute marks: 0:07, 0:10, 0:14, 0:18, 0:28, and 0:32.

Schedule
The Classic is available on the MLB Network — and streaming online for customers of Bright House, DIRECTV, and Time Warner Cable. Spanish coverage is available on ESPN Deportes.

Furthermore, MLBAM has released a dedicated app for the WBC, as well, which includes Gameday coverage and video highlights.

Here is the information for Tuesday’s semifinal game (ET):

09:00 PM Netherlands vs. Dominican Republic


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