#21 Sports Talk — On the Spot for the World Baseball Classic with Jim Armstrong
Title favorite Samurai Japan had four impressive wins in the first round of the World Baseball Classic and has lived up to expectations so far, Armstrong said.
After Japan’s four resounding victories in four days at the World Baseball Classic against Pool B foes China, South Korea, the Czech Republic and Australia on March 9-12, there’s plenty to discuss.
Joining the podcast for this episode is veteran sports reporter Jim Armstrong, a regular sportswriter for JAPAN Forward and SportsLook. In Armstrong’s conversation with sports editor Ed Odeven, the two colleagues highlight Japan’s stellar starting pitching (Shohei Ohtani, Yu Darvish, Roki Sasaki and Yoshinobu Yamamoto) along with big contributions on offense from Ohtani, Lars Nootbaar and Masataka Yoshida, among others.
Armstrong and Odeven also look ahead to Samurai Japan’s quarterfinal game against Italy on Thursday, March 17 and the team’s championship aspirations.
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- [ODDS and EVENS] Samurai Japan Savored the WBC Pool B Joyride, but From Now Every Game's 'Do or Die'
- Shohei Ohtani Belts First WBC Homer as Japan Beats Australia and Improves to 4-0
- Roki Sasaki Earns the Win in WBC Debut to Commemorate 3/11 Disaster
- Masataka Yoshida Powers Japan Past South Korea in WBC Rout
- Shohei Ohtani Shines as Japan Opens WBC with a Hard-Fought Win over China
Author: Ed Odeven
Follow Ed in his weekly [Japan Sports Notebook] on Sundays, [Odds and Evens] during the week, and Twitter ＠ed_odeven.