WBC loss

The U.S. lost to Canada today by two runs. This is an excerpt from the AP story:

Canada had seven left-handed hitters in the lineup, a situation that played perfectly into the hands of lefty U.S. starter Dontrelle Willis, the first player to commit to playing for the Americans last summer.

But the Canadians (2-0), who had to rally in the ninth Tuesday night to beat South Africa 11-8, were patient, hit Willis hard and scored in each of the first five innings.

"I just didn't do anything right today," Willis said. "It's just one of those games."


The United States didn't allow a runner beyond first base in its 2-0 victory over Mexico on Wednesday, but Willis was ineffective and allowed five runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings. He was relieved by Al Leiter, who surrendered two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.


Willis having a bad outing outing doesnt concern me nearly as much as the fact that AL LEITER was brought on in relief. Isn't it just perfect that the difference in the game - 2 runs - is the exact amount that Leiter gave up in TWO THIRDS OF AN INNING. The U.S. lost today because of Al Leiter, not Dontrelle Willis. Willis deserves to be a WBC starter. His having a bad day is something that can happen. Leiter, on the other hand, shouldn't be allowed to wear a baseball jersey EVER AGAIN.