Following a tough 2-1, 10-inning loss to Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic opening game on Monday, Team Korea looks to rebound in its second contest of the tournament against the Netherlands on Tuesday in Seoul.The Netherlands, which will be playing its first game, catches Team Korea on the
Following a tough 2-1, 10-inning loss to Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic opening game on Monday, Team Korea looks to rebound in its second contest of the tournament against the Netherlands on Tuesday in Seoul.
The Netherlands, which will be playing its first game, catches Team Korea on the heels of its dramatic extra-innings defeat to Israel. The Dutch team will be the home club for the 4:30 a.m. ET game (6:30 p.m. local time) at the Gocheok Sky Dome live on MLB.TV.
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Team Korea will send Kyu Min Woo to the mound with the hope he can replicate the performance of Game 1 starter Won-Jun Chang, who allowed one earned run over four innings against Israel. Min Woo, who will make his tournament debut, is 56-58 with a 3.74 ERA during his 11-year career in the Korea Baseball Organization. The 32-year-old righty signed a four-year contract with the Samsung Lions in December after spending all previous 11 seasons with the LG Twins.
The Netherlands enters WBC 2017 on a roll after reaching the tournament semifinals in '13. Former Major Leaguer Rick van den Hurk takes the ball for the Dutch, who beat Cuba twice in '13 to advance. van den Hurk pitched for the Marlins, Orioles and Pirates throughout a six-year Major League career. The 31-year-old went 8-11 with a 6.08 ERA in 50 career appearances in the big leagues.
Three things to know about this game
• Korea's Seunghwan Oh, the closer for the St. Louis Cardinals, became the first player to appear in every World Baseball Classic tournament when he stymied Team Israel with 1 1/3 innings shutdown innings in Game 1. Oh has now appeared in 10 career Classic games, which are the most of any pitcher in Pool A.
• The Netherlands' depth chart includes five Major League infielders: the Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, the Yankees' Didi Gregorius, the Rangers' Jurickson Profar, the Angels' Andrelton Simmons and the Orioles' Jonathan Schoop. To get them all in the lineup, Netherlands manager Hensley Meulens plans to use Profar in left field, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.
• Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is listed on the Netherlands roster, but he told the Los Angeles Times on Monday he will not participate in this year's tournament. Jansen, who was on the Dutch roster as a catcher in 2009 and as a pitcher in '13, does not want to overwork himself after throwing 80 1/3 innings between the regular season and postseason for the Dodgers last year.
Watch the Classic
The World Baseball Classic runs through March 22. In the U.S., games air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. The tournament is being distributed internationally across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for games at Marlins Park, Tokyo Dome, Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Mexico, Petco Park, as well as the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.
Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com.