A Pair of Baltimore Orioles Square Off in Today's World Baseball Classic Game

By Alexander Hangland
Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Orioles will be showcasing their talent in today’s World Baseball Classic semi final between the United States and Dominican Republic. For the Dominican Republic, Orioles’ hard-throwing reliever, Pedro Strop. For the United States, slugger, Adam Jones. Both are key contributors for Baltimore, and both have been key contributors for their respective teams in the World Baseball Classic as well.

Strop has recorded two of the team’s four wins thus far. His 2-0 record is complemented by four strikeouts, no walks, and only one hit allowed in 3.2 innings pitched in three appearances for the Dominicans. He has been one of their best pitchers thus far. Jones is tied for second on the US team with four runs batted in, including a huge double against Canada earlier in the week that put the USA in a position to win.

For the Orioles, this can only be a sign of good things to come moving forward, as both of these players are showing they can execute in high pressure game situations this early in the year. Not only have these players done well in big situations, but against tough competition as well.

Jones was an All-Star selection last season. His ability has become known to the Major League community. Strop is still somewhat of an unknown. After the World Baseball Classic ends, one has to believe he will become more notorious as a reliever. It will be a battle between two star-studded teams today. What will happen if these two teammates end up facing one another late in the game?

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