MIAMI — Following Saturday’s riveting back-and-forth quarterfinals showdown between USA and Venezuela, the U.S. advanced to face Cuba on Sunday night in the World Baseball Classic semifinals (7 ET on FS1).
Right-hander Adam Wainwright of Team USA will take the mound against left-hander Roenis Elías of Team Cuba. Pitching depth will be a factor in this game: Wainwright has not pitched since the Americans’ WBC opener, but Team USA called on six relievers on Saturday; Cuba has not played since ousting Australia on Wednesday.
“He’s pitched in every big game known to man,” USA manager Mark DeRosa said of Wainwright. “We can cover [the innings]. … We have some starters that can go. We’ll check with some guys with the potential of maybe going back-to-back days. We’ll see tomorrow where that stands.”
A win for Team USA would bring it one step closer to defending its WBC title. Meanwhile, Sunday’s game is the farthest Cuba has advanced in the World Baseball Classic since it was the runner-up in 2006.
Here are the keys to Sunday’s matchup:
When and where: Sunday at 7 p.m. ET at loanDepot park in Miami.
How you can watch: The game between Cuba and Team USA will be live on FS1. Every game can be streamed online in the FOX Sports App. For international viewing options, click here.
How you can listen: Live audio coverage of all games will be carried on Sirius XM, TuneIn, MLB.com and in the MLB App.
What’s at stake: The winner will advance to the championship round on Tuesday night (7 ET on FS1). That team will face the victor of the Mexico-Japan semifinal being played Monday at 7 p.m. on FS1.
Matchup history: This will be the first matchup between Team USA and Cuba.
Yoán Moncada, 3B, Cuba: Moncada enters semifinals action slashing .421/.522/.737 with a 1.259 OPS in the Classic. He hit one of his three WBC doubles in Cuba’s quarterfinals win.
Trea Turner, SS, USA: Turner has the hot bat in the WBC after belting a game-winning grand slam in the quarterfinals. Less than 24 hours later, he will take the field where he mashed a no-doubter 407 feet out to left field.