Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will take on the Dominican Republic. The Dominicans debut at the Premier 12. For both teams it is a must-win situation as both lost yesterday. The Dominicans fell to Mexico 6-1 in a rain-shortened game.
Thinking of today’s matchup, the 2009 WBC comes to mind where the Dutch team was the underdog but beat a starstudded Dominican team twice and sent them home. Four years later, the two countries met again in the semi-final of the WBC in San Francisco. The Dominicans righted a wrong (in their eyes) and beat the Dutch 4-1.
Today’s teams don’t come close to those of the 2013 WBC. The Dominicans have a mix of MiLB players of all levels and some players from their own league. The Dutch have a mix of players with MLB experience, minor leaguers of various levels and players from the Dutch hoofdklasse.
Today’s game will start at 12:00 PM local time in Guadalajara (19:00 CET).
Enjoy the game and let’s hope the provided links will work this time.