PREVIEW: Israel, Korea Open Up World Baseball Classic

Israel and Korea square off against one another to open up WBC play.

Tomorrow (well tonight in Korea) marks the start of the World Baseball Classic, as Israel will face off against Korea in Seoul, South Korea. Korea is coming off a first round exit in 2013; however, Israel is making their first ever WBC appearance after winning their qualifier in Brooklyn.

Israel will be sending 15-year big league veteran Jason Marquis, a 38-year-old right-hander, to the mound to try to stop a powerhouse Korean lineup. To combat a Israeli lineup that sports players with major-league experience, Korea sends lefty Won-joon Jang, who plays for the Doosan Bears of the KBO.

Marquis has a career record of 124-118, along with a 4.61 ERA, in 1968 and 1/3 career innings. He's had stints with the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds, but he didn't pitch in the majors during the 2016 campaign.

Jang is known to be a smart pitcher, according to scouts. He sports a high-80s fastball, as well as a good mix of secondary pitches and good command. The 31-year-old lefty went 15-6 with Doosan in the KBO last season, along with a solid 3.32 ERA, across 27 starts.


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