The Japanese World Baseball Classic (WBC) team faces Mexico in the 2023 WBC semifinals at Londipo Park in Miami, Florida, USA on the 21st (Korean time).
Japan defeated China, Korea, the Czech Republic, and Australia in Group B of the group stage, and advanced to the quarterfinals as first place in the group. In the quarterfinals, they beat Italy 9-3. If they beat Mexico, they will be on the final stage for the first time in 14 years since the 2009 tournament.
Japanese veteran pitcher Yu Darvish 안전놀이터 (San Diego Padres) conducted an interview with Japanese media ‘Daily Sports’ ahead of the semifinals. Arriving in Miami, where the semifinals and finals will be held, he said, “I don’t feel particularly heavy.
Darvish started against Korea held at Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan on the 10th and gave up 3 runs (2 earned) in 3 innings, 3 hits (1 home run), 1 walk and 1 strikeout. ERA) Recorded 2 hits (1 home run) and 1 strikeout.
Darvish, who appeared in two games, is looking at the semifinals and finals. He said, “It’s important to prepare to show all the power I have. I don’t need hard thoughts during this period. I’m just full of passion.”
According to ‘Daily Sports’, Japanese coach Hideki Kuriyama announced that he would mobilize all his might from the game against Mexico. The media said, “Currently, the starting pitcher for the finals has not been decided. Darvish, who has appeared in both the starting and bullpen, has no choice but to fully prepare.”
Darvish revealed that he is the only thing he is worried about right now. He said, “I’m not throwing many innings. It’s a situation that’s a little bit of a hassle for San Diego. That’s a little worrying.”