After a weekend full of exciting WBC action -- complete with a brawl of North American proportions -- things settle down a bit Monday with just one game on the schedule.
That lone game has the potential makings of a classic, however, so be sure to set your alarm for an early wake-up time. Here's the lowdown on Monday's WBC action:
Cuba vs. The Netherlands: Monday, 7:00 p.m. local, 6:00 a.m. ET
Venue: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
TV: MLB Network (U.S.), ESPN Deportes (U.S.)
The Netherlands is hoping to find lightning in a bottle again as they're pitted against Cuba for the second time in Round 2. The Dutch squad was able to shut down the Cuban offense last week -- claiming a 6-2 victory -- but they may have a tougher go of things this time around. Cuba's offense woke up over the weekend, demolishing Chinese Taipei 14-0 on Saturday, while Netherlands is likely still reeling from their 16-4 bashing at the hands of Japan on Sunday. If the Dutch want to make it into the Championship Round, they're going to have to get a great performance out of starting right-hander Orlando Yntema and continued success from youngsters Andrelton Simmons and Jonathan Schoop.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Vladimir Garcia vs. RHP Orlando Yntema