Depending on the results of the game held on 안전놀이터 the 13th, the Korean baseball team will decide whether to advance to the second round (quarterfinals) of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). It depends on the result of the Czech Republic-Australia match, regardless of whether it is against China, the opponent in the final Group B match to which Korea belongs.
In Group B, Japan, which won all group matches (4 wins), confirmed its advance to the quarterfinals early. From Korea’s point of view, the best scenario is to go 2-2 alongside the Czech Republic and Australia and advance to the quarterfinals based on the minimum run rate.
However, Group A, where the teams belonging to Group B will meet in the second round, was first determined by the minimum run rate.
Cuba and Italy went to the second round. On the 12th, Cuba won 7-1 in the final match against Chinese Taipei held at the Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan.
Cuba suffered two consecutive losses in Group A and was on the verge of elimination, but succeeded in reversing the mood with two consecutive victories. In the match between Italy and the Netherlands that followed, Italy laughed.
Italy beat the Netherlands 7-1. In Group A, Cuba, Italy, Chinese Taipei, Panama, and the Netherlands all tied with 2 wins and 2 losses. In the end, the joys and sorrows were mixed according to the minimum run rate.
Cuba topped the group, followed by Italy. The home team, Taiwan, and the Netherlands, who were considered strong candidates for the second round in Group A ahead of this tournament, bowed their heads. Panama also performed well, but was eliminated in the first round according to the minimum conceding rate.
The WBC Organizing Committee has established the principle that if there are three or more tied teams in the group stage, the rankings are determined in the order of wins-to-wins-minimum run rate-minimum ERA-team batting average.