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  • Venezuela and Dominican Republic: which is better?

    Venezuela and the Dominican Republic announced their 30-man rosters.

    Looking at the following side-by-side comparison, which do you guys think is better?

    Venezuela<------->Dominican Republic
    Pitchers<------->Pitchers
    Tony Armas <------->Miguel Batista
    Rafael Betancourt <------->Eude Brito
    Giovanni Carrara <------->Daniel Cabrera
    Gustavo Chacin <-------> Bartolo Colon
    Kelvim Escobar <------->Francisco Liriano
    Freddy Garcia <------->Damaso Marte
    Carlos Hernandez <------->Odalis Perez
    Jorge Julio <------->Fernando Rodney
    Victor Moreno <------->Duaner Sanchez
    Ricardo Palma <-------> Jorge Sosa
    Francisco Rodriguez <------->Julian Tavarez
    Johan Santana <------->Robinson Tejeda
    Carlos Silva <------->Salomon Torres
    Carlos Zambrano<-------> ______________
    Victor Zambrano<-------> ______________

    Catchers<------->Catchers
    Henry Blanco <------->Juan Brito
    Ramon Hernandez <------->Alberto Castillo
    Victor Martinez <------->Ronny Paulino

    Infielders<------->Infielders
    Edgardo Alfonzo <-------> Ronnie Belliard
    Miguel Cabrera <------->Adrian Beltre
    Carlos Guillen <------->Pedro Feliz
    Tomas Perez <------->David Ortiz
    Marco Scutaro <------->Placido Polanco
    Omar Vizquel <------->Albert Pujols
    ______________<------->Jose Reyes
    ______________<------->Alfonso Soriano
    ______________<------->Miguel Tejada

    Outfielders<------->Outfielders
    Bobby Abreu <------->Moises Alou
    Tony Alvarez <------->Juan Encarnacion
    Endy Chavez<------->Vladimir Guerrero
    Magglio Ordonez <------->Wily Mo Pena
    Robert Perez <------->Willy Taveras
    Juan Rivera<------->______________

    In my opinion, the absence of Pedro makes Venezuela's pitching far superior to the DR's, and one of the best in the tournament. Using the maxim that good pitching beats good hitting, Venezuela may be able to overcome the bigger bats of the DR, especially from the infield positions (Papi, Tejada, Pujols, etc.). However, there is not much depth for Venezuela, especially in the infield, and this may become a problem.

    Interestingly, Vlad is listed on the roster, even though he was supposedly out. I wonder if this is just wishful thinking on the DR's part, or whether maybe he wants the option of joining the team. If it's the former, it's a waste of a roster spot at a position that DR has no depth.

  • #2
    I agree... Venezuela's better now... And Vlad's out... In for him is dominican legend (and I mean legend, I don't know how he made the team) Luis Polonia, who's an all-star in the dominican winter league
    Licey campeĆ³n today and always!

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    • #3
      The Dominicans have the better infield and sluggers but can't match the pitching that Venezuela has. Pitching will decide the tournament and Venezuela has the inside track there...
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      • #4
        I think your question was answered today

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        • #5
          It was certainly a higher scoring game than anyone would have predicted, given who started. I think Venezuela was close (double off the wall and bad error by Alfonzo) to having had the game tied in the 8th, but the ninth is simply another story (Jorge Julio???? What happened to Escobar and K-Rod?).

          Anyway, the next time the two teams play (assuming no flop), someone other than Colon might have to start for DR, and the pitch counts will be higher. That may make for a different outcome.

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          • #6
            One game does not change the old saying that good pitching is better than a good offensive line up.

            The outcome of this game makes the next one more appealing assuming Venezuela advances too.

            Venezuela had its chances through the game and Dominican pitchers were in some trouble too. However, games are decided on the field and the Dominicans did just that.

            Why did Luis Sojo allow Ortiz to face that lefty guy he brought out of the bullpen? Walk him and take you chances with Zambrano vs Alou!

            Sojo did not play small ball to advance the runners several times with 0 outs.

            Sojo did not show anything as a manager in this game.

            Soriano and Tejada were overmatched. Ortiz and Beltre seemed in mid-season form by their type of swings.

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