It's win-or-go-home time at the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
The 20-team WBC field has been more than cut in half following the conclusion of pool play on Wednesday. Team USA played in the final game of pool play and secured the last remaining quarterfinal berth by outlasting Colombia 3-2. The defending WBC champions finished second in Pool C after going 3-1.
So, which other teams are still in contention for the World Baseball Classic title?
Which teams are in the 2023 World Baseball Classic quarterfinals?
Cuba, Italy, Japan, Australia, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Team USA were the eight teams to reach the quarterfinals.
2023 World Baseball Classic quarterfinals bracket
Here is a look at the four quarterfinal matchups for the 2023 World Baseball Classic:
- Quarterfinal 1: Cuba 4, Australia 3
- Quarterfinal 2: Japan 9, Italy 3
- Quarterfinal 3: Mexico 5, Puerto Rico 4
- Quarterfinal 4: Team USA vs. Venezuela – Saturday, March 18, 7 p.m. ET in Miami
Cuba will play the winner of Team USA-Venezuela in Semifinal 1 on Sunday, March 19. Japan will face Mexico in Semifinal 2 on Monday, March 20. From there, a champion will be crowned when the two semifinal winners battle on Tuesday, March 21.
The championship game and both semifinals will be played at loanDepot park in Miami with first pitch set for 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) each night.
Which team won Pool A at the World Baseball Classic?
Pool A was an incredibly even group. Cuba, Italy, the Netherlands, Panama and Chinese Taipei all finished with 2-2 records, but Cuba and Italy reached the quarterfinals thanks to the World Baseball Classic’s tiebreaker rules. The teams had to go to the second tiebreaker, which is the lowest quotient of runs allowed divided by the number of defensive outs recorded.
Which team won Pool B at the World Baseball Classic?
Pool B was a bit more conventional. Japan won the group with an undefeated 4-0 record and Australia came in second at 3-1. South Korea (2-2), the Czech Republic (1-3) and China (0-4) were eliminated.
Which team won Pool C at the World Baseball Classic?
The two qualifying spots in Pool C came down to the last day, with Canada, Colombia, Mexico and Team USA all fighting to advance. Mexico first crushed Canada 10-3 to claim the first berth before Team USA defeated Colombia. Mexico and Team USA both went 3-1, but Mexico finished first thanks to owning the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Canada (2-2), Great Britain (1-3) and Colombia (1-3) rounded out the group.
Which team won Pool D at the World Baseball Classic?
Venezuela was already deemed the Pool D winner before its contest against Israel on Wednesday since it beat the two teams battling for the Pool D runner-up spot: the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. In the most anticipated matchup of the entire tournament, Puerto Rico defeated the tournament-favorite Dominican Republic to advance.
The D.R. finished in third in Pool D at 2-2, followed by Israel (1-3) and Nicaragua (0-4).