The 2017 World Baseball Classic shifts West for Pool F play on Wednesday night, as the United States takes on Venezuela at Petco Park in San Diego.
In what has been an thoroughly entertaining and passion-filled tournament, this has a good chance at being one of the best games thus far.
Here’s a look at everything you need to know to watch:
United States vs. Venezuela Viewing Info
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Start Time: 9 p.m. ET (Full schedule here)
Location: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
TV Channel, United States: MLB Network, ESPN Deportes (Spanish)
TV Channel, Venezuela: DirecTV/IVC, TeleAragua
TV Channel, Worldwide: You can click here for a list of international broadcasters
In addition to United States and Venezuela supporters, fans of the Seattle Mariners may want to tune in to this one. While M’s long-time ace Felix Hernandez is expected to draw his second start for Venezuela, offseason addition Drew Smyly will hit the bump for the Red, White and Blue.
“That will be interesting,” said Mariners manager Scott Servais. “We will be watching.”
King Felix will be hoping this start goes a little better than his first 2017 WBC appearance. Going up against Puerto Rico, Hernandez was handed the loss after giving up one earned run, two hits and two walks in 2.2 innings.
Smyly, meanwhile, has looked sharp–albeit in limited action–during Spring Training, going 5.0 shutout innings with five strikeouts and just one hit allowed. Of course, the World Baseball Classic is an entirely different beast with much different stakes, and the 27-year-old will have to be on top of his game against a potent Venezuela lineup that includes the likes of Miguel Cabrera, Jose Altuve, Carlos Gonzalez, Victor Martinez, Rougned Odor and Martin Prado.