Posted: 3/10/2013 3:15:36 AM
Kenta Maeda will pitch for Japan today, and finds time in his schedule to pitch in the Japanese league. There, he had a 1.53 ERA in 206 IP. In the 29 games he started, he has 176/44 K/BB ratio. He also only gave up 6 HRs last season; not that the statistic is, one, surprising or two, THAT impressive (as it is the Japanese league after all.) Kenta pitched well against China earlier in the tournament, giving up 1 hit in 5 IP in pool play.
The Dutch will send Rob Cordemans to the bump. Through some brief research, he looks to be a staple on the national team. During the regular season the 38-year-old spends his time playing in the Hoofdklasse Honkbal league. Yup, you read that right, the Hoofdklasse league. In the Hoof, as I'm going to call it, he basically dominated as only one could. In 80 IP he has a 0.22 ERA with 94/4 K/BB ratio. The league really has to suck. This isn't to say he sucks, but I think random luck factor would have to allow for some runs. Maybe they just smoke too much pot.
In the first round he pitched a beauty against Australia. He went five scoreless, giving up 2 hits and striking out 3. He also won two games in the 2011 World Cup (one being Cuba).
He has an 88 MPH fastball, mixing in a slider, curve and change. He pitches professionally for Amsterdam, a middle of the pack team.