Korea suffered a crushing defeat in the game against Japan, and in fact, the first round elimination became strong. Still, there are a number of cases where a 스포츠토토sliver of hope can be maintained. All it takes is a miracle.
The Korean baseball team led by coach Lee Kang-cheol lost 4-13 in the second game of the first round of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) Group B against the Japanese national team held at Tokyo Dome, Japan on the 10th.
As a result, Korea, which lost by one point, 7-8, in the first game against Australia the previous day (9th) suffered two consecutive losses, making it very difficult to advance to the second round. After the national team catches both games, they have to see the results of the other teams in the same group.
Korea fell to the bottom of Group B with the defeat that day. 1st place was Japan, which beat China and Korea consecutively. It is followed by Australia, the Czech Republic and China.
In the first and second competitions, Korea achieved 3rd place (2006) and 2nd place (2009). However, in 2013 and 2017, it was eliminated in the first round.
Still, the number of cases that advance to the second round remains.
The top 2 teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals. Considering that they were inferior to Japan in terms of power, Korea’s realistic goal was to reach the quarterfinals in second place.
The WBC tournament group stage rankings are determined in the order of win rate → winner-to-win → team minimum run point → team minimum ERA → team batting average → draw.
A best-case scenario would be South Korea winning both of their remaining matches to make it 2-2, followed by Australia, Czech Republic and China going 2-2.
First of all, South Korea has to win by scoring as many points as possible against the Czech Republic and China. Even with the same win, it is better to win 9-8 than 1-0. At the same time, we have to wait for Australia to lose by conceding a lot to Japan and the Czech Republic.
If Korea, Australia, and the Czech Republic match with 2 wins and 2 losses, the minimum conceding point should be considered.
First of all, Korea lost 7-8 in Australia and 4-13 in Japan. A total of 21 runs, which is a lot. Therefore, Australia and the Czech Republic, their rivals, should only hope to lose with a large number of goals.
If Australia loses 3 and Japan wins 4, South Korea can advance to the second round as the runner-up. However, it is unclear whether Japan, China, and the Czech Republic will all catch Australia. In fact, it takes a miracle. Will Korea be able to step on the second round stage like a miracle?