‘Record-breaking 3-percent auto rate coming’ NC, Dusan, KIA in PS race, may miss out on KIA’s big win
With the NC Dinos, Doosan Bears, and Kia Tigers locked in a tight race for first place, the possibility of a first-ever three-way tie is not out of the question.
KIA, which is keeping its postseason hopes alive, won 6-5 against the Lotte Giants at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on April 12. Doosan won 11-1 against NC at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul.
With KIA and Doosan’s wins and NC’s losses, the gap between the three teams narrowed further. Fourth-place NC (73 wins, 1 draw, and 65 losses), fifth-place Doosan (72 wins, 2 draws, and 65 losses), and sixth-place KIA (71 wins, 2 draws, and 68 losses) are 0.5 and 2 games behind, respectively. The gap between NC and KIA is 2.5 games.
KIA, the only team in the bottom half of the standings with a chance of making the postseason, has two games left: an away game against Doosan on Nov. 13 and a home game against NC on Nov. 16-17. Since they only have head-to-head games against opponents in contention for a spot in the standings, a good result in those games would be enough to turn things around, depending on the wins and losses of NC and Doosan’s remaining games.
The problem is in the case of a three-way tiebreaker. If KIA wins outright, Doosan wins 2 out of 4 games excluding KIA, and NC wins 1 out of 2 games excluding KIA, all three teams will have 74 wins, 2 draws, and 68 losses, which would be a 3-way tiebreaker.
In this case, NC, Doosan, and KIA would all be tied for fourth place, so there would be no fifth-place game. Instead, according to the KBO League Rules, Chapter 1, KBO Regular Season, Article 3, Yearly Team Rankings and Records, “If there are more than two teams or three teams in the second, third, or fourth place in the KBO regular season, the order of ranking shall be determined by the total number of overall wins in games between the teams, the total number of goals scored in games between the teams, and the previous year’s performance.” NC, Doosan, and KIA’s head-to-head record will be used to determine their ranking.
If KIA wins all of its games and achieves a three-way tiebreaker, Doosan will be in fourth place with 19 wins and 13 losses. NC and KIA are tied with 14 wins, 1 draw, and 17 losses, so we need to calculate goal difference. Currently, NC has the most points with 145, followed by Doosan (138) and KIA (135). Therefore, if this goal differential is not reversed, NC will finish 5th and KIA will finish 6th, meaning KIA will not make the postseason. For KIA to make a comeback, they need to win two games against NC by 10 points or more. If they tie on points, KIA (5th place) will move up to 5th place because they had a better record the previous year, and NC (6th place) will stay in 6th place.
Even if KIA loses one game, they could still finish with 73 points and an automatic qualification. If KIA loses against Doosan and then wins against NC, Doosan loses all four games except for KIA, and NC loses two games except for KIA, all three teams will have 73 wins, 1 tie, and 69 losses. However, in this case, 먹튀검증토토사이트 the math is relatively simple. Doosan has the most wins in the three-way head-to-head with 20 wins and 12 losses, which puts them in fourth place, NC is fifth with 14 wins, one draw and 17 losses, and KIA is sixth with 13 wins, one draw and 18 losses. Therefore, in the 3-automatic scenario, KIA must win all of its remaining games to make the postseason.
The race is on to see who will emerge victorious in the race for a postseason berth.