Team USA faces off against the Dominican Republic Thursday night in the World Baseball Classic’s second round. While the matchup is between two of the better teams in the tournament, it is also a matchup of New York City’s two best players.
The New York Mets re-signed the face of their franchise and best player in David Wright this offseason to an eight year 138 million dollar extension. The New York Yankees will have to make a similar decision next season when it comes to second baseman Robinson Cano, who is on the last year of his current contract. Cano and Wright are the best players on their respective New York franchises and have also been two of the hottest hitters in the World Baseball Classic.
Wright has already set the World Baseball Classic record with 10 RBI in just four games and Cano is hitting .632, good for fourth overall in the tournament. Wright drove in five runs in Team USA’s big win against Puerto Rico on Tuesday, which has the media calling the third baseman “Captain America”, for his super human like effort recently. Cano and the Dominican Republic have handled their opponents so far going 4-0. The two have led their teams to this point, and a win tomorrow would likely mean a spot in the semi-finals.
Team USA will start former Mets’ knuckleballer R.A. Dickey against the Dominican’s Samuel Deduno, a right hander from the Minnestoa Twins. Wright and Cano are two of the better players in the entire league, and their matchup tomorrow will be a rare chance to see the cross-town rivals compete against each other as they represent their countries and their city.