The battle for 3rd place is decided by ‘A Week of Destiny’

The battle for 3rd place is decided by ‘A Week of Destiny’

is 2023, when LG’s first place in the regular league in 29 years is decided One biggest topic remains at the end of the KBO League. It is a fierce battle for third place between Doosan, SSG, and NC. With about a week left until the end of the 2023 KBO League regular season, the starting point of the fall baseball season for the three teams will be different in this ‘week of fate’, so the battle for rankings is expected to unfold until the end of the season.

As of the 9th, the ridership of Doosan in 3rd place and SSG and NC in joint 4th place is ‘zero’. Doosan has 71 wins, 2 draws, 63 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.530, just one league ahead of SSG (72 wins, 3 draws, 64 losses) and NC (72 wins, 2 draws, 64 losses), which both have a winning percentage of 0.529.

If you take 3rd place, you will start fall baseball from the semi-playoffs, and if you come in 4th and 5th place, you will have to go through a wild card game. At least 4th place can advance to the semi-playoffs by playing both wild card games at home and winning only one game. This means that if you rank 5th, you have to win both games on the road. There is a very high chance that you will be eliminated after just getting a taste of fall baseball.메이저사이트

Because of this situation, Doosan, SSG, and NC all have no choice but to fight with all their might in each game as if it were Game 7 of the Korean Series in order to take third place.

As of the 10th, Doosan has the most games remaining with 7 games remaining, SSG has 4 games remaining, and NC has 5 games remaining. At first glance, it seems advantageous to have the most games left as it gives you more opportunities to decide your own fate, but it also means that it consumes more stamina because you have to play more games during the same period. In fact, Doosan must play eight consecutive games without a single day of rest from the 10th until the 17th, when the regular season is scheduled to end.

On the other hand, SSG and NC can play games with a break until the end of the regular season on the 17th, which gives them more breathing room in managing their pitching staff. As we approach the end of the season, the fatigue accumulated in the field lineup can be managed.

The recent trend is good for SSG. SSG, as the ‘defending champion’, formed a two-tier system with LG in the first half of the year and finished in second place. The team plummeted in the second half of the season and was once in a situation where fall baseball itself could not be guaranteed, but they managed to bounce back with 8 wins and 2 losses in the last 10 games (as of the 9th). In a situation where 5th place was a long shot, we are now in a position where we can aim for 3rd place. On the other hand, Doosan has not even been able to break even with 4 wins, 1 draw, and 5 losses in 10 games, and NC is in a downward trend with 3 wins and 7 losses in the last 10 games.

In the battle for rankings between these three teams, the results of their head-to-head matches are more important than anything else. This is because you can win while inflicting defeat on your opponent, so a win in a head-to-head match has the effect of two wins. SSG and NC played all 16 head-to-head matches in the regular league. Doosan and SSG are about to play two games, and Doosan and NC have one game to play. If the 3rd to 5th place positions are not decided even as the 17th, the final day of the regular league, approaches, the two-game series between Doosan and SSG on the 16th and 17th will likely ultimately decide the positions of the three teams.

Which team will end up victorious in the ‘war for third place’ between the three teams? The more intense the battle, the more likely it is that only KT, who is waiting in the playoffs, and LG, who is heading straight to the Korean Series, will laugh, but there is a calculation that all three teams must place at least 3rd in order to achieve the great goal of winning the Korean Series. There is another reason to watch the KBO League until the end of the season.

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