The Dominican Republic has gone 2-1 in tournament play thus far and currently sit in second place in Pool D, only trailing the 3-0 Venezuela squad. Whoever wins the pool will face the winner of Pool C and it looks like Machado is heating up just in time to help his country make a push.
The 2022 NL MVP finalist connected on a home run against Israel that flew 437 feet and gave his team their second score on route to a 10-0 victory. This is the second straight game in which he has connected on a ball and sent it out of the park in the WBC.
The construction that has gone into this roster can draw a lot of comparisons to the route the Friars took this past offseason. Both teams filled out their lineups from top to bottom when it comes to pitching, out fielding, and especially slugging. The Dominican Republic has multiple players outside of Machado that can just rake and we will see them take the plate again today in an important game against Puerto Rico.