That's because the team sizzles!
Or just the opposite. I hear there is talks of the USA forfeiting the rest of the tournament.
More specifically, because so many American players are injured, manager Davey Johnson told a reporter that if he ran out of position players, he would forfeit the game, rather than stick a star player in an unfamiliar position, risking more injury.
It wouldn't necessarily mean elimination, unless it happened in an elimination game... but Johnson said that he would forfeit the game, and thus the tournament, in that situation anyway.
The injury-plagued Americans were so short-handed Sunday against the Netherlands that backup catcher Brian McCann played left field in the ninth. Asked during the team's batting practice Monday who his third catcher would have been, Johnson said he wouldn't have even tried to put a player in that position for fear of injury -- even if it meant elimination.
"I damn sure wouldn't want to be lynched or hung up in some city if I put (Kevin) Youkilis behind the dish or something," Johnson said, referring to the Red Sox first baseman. "I would definitely had to gone out and said we had to forfeit this ballgame. Yeah, I'd forfeit it."