On Wednesday night, the United States will play Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic championship game. We’ve detailed, , and . But what about the lineups?
Here’s a look at the starting nine for the Americans:
That’s right -- because of Team USA’s commitment to alternating players, both Paul Goldschmidt and Buster Posey, two of the best players in the world, will be on the bench to begin the championship game. Not ideal. The rest of the lineup is about what you’d expect.
As for Puerto Rico:
Puerto Rico lineup: Pagán LF, Lindor SS, Correa 3B, Beltrán DH, Molina C, Báez 2B, Rosario RF, Rivera 1B, Kiké Hernandez CF; Seth Lugo SP— Tony DeMarco (@DeMarcoball) March 22, 2017
The only change from last game? Hernandez’s insertion in center field in place of Reymond Fuentes. We’ll see if it pays off.