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Japan vs Mexico: How to watch online and on TV | 2023 World Baseball Classic
All the info you need to know on Japan vs Mexico WBC semifinals game at LoanDepot Park, Miami, on March 20, which starts at 7 p.m. ET.
Japan and Mexico will collide on Monday in Miami for a spot in the World Baseball Classic semifinal after defeating Italy and Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals, respectively.
When is the Japan vs Mexico WBC semifinal?
The game between Japan and Mexico starts on Monday, March 20th, 2023.
How to watch Japan vs Mexico on TV or live stream
TV viewers in the US will be able to watch on:
Japan vs Mexico preview
The Asian team was considered one of the World Baseball Classic’s main favorites and they haven’t disappointed so far.
Shohei Ohtani and co. are looking to win the third WBC title for the country, the first one since 2009. They dominated Pool B with a 4-0 record before defeating Italy 9-3 in Thursday’s quarterfinal at Tokyo Dome.
For Japan, it is the fifth time the nation has advanced to the semifinals of the tournament and is the only team to make the semifinals of every edition of the WBC.
Pool C winner Mexico came back to beat Pool D runner-up Puerto Rico 5-4 in a thrilling quarterfinal Friday at LoanDepot Park.
Trailing 4-2 with two out in the bottom of the seventh against Puerto Rico, the Mexican team managed to tie the game and go ahead on consecutive singles from Isaac Paredes and Luis Urias.
“We thought it would be a great game,” Mexico manager Benji Gil said after the clash. “I wanted everyone in baseball to enjoy that game, and I think it was like that.”
“Japan is a great team as well with huge stars. We know the stars that play in the United States, but they also have great stars playing in Japan. Our rival is the favorite again in the remaining games, but we don’t fear that. This has nothing to do with the favorite”, Gil added.
Japan vs Mexico: prediction
Mexico has been one of the standout teams of the 2023 World Baseball Classic, getting to the event’s semifinal for the first time. They have very little to lose at this stage of the competition, which makes them even more dangerous.
However, Japan, who will be playing their first game out of Asia, have a very complete roster and decisive players like Roki Sasaki, Munetaka Murakami, and, obviously, the Los Angeles Angels superstar Shoei Ohtani. Mexico may put Japan in trouble, but expect the Asian side to come out on top.
You can check out the predicted lineups here.
Prediction: Japan to advance to the final
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