South Korea will play the second round of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games Super Round against China at 1 p.m. on the 6th (Korea Standard Time) at the first stadium of the Baseball and Softball Sports Center in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China.
South Korea and China currently have one win and one loss in the Super Round. With Taiwan in the final, the winning team of the match will get the last ticket to the final.
It is evaluated that Korea is ahead of China in terms of objective power. Although it has collapsed in recent international competitions such as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), it has lost three consecutive games in the Asian Games.
Except for wild cards, the national team is composed of players under the age of 25 and under the fourth year of the KBO League, but it still has a better power than China, which has not had an international competition performance. 안전놀이터
However, China has improved a lot in this tournament. They beat Japan, which is composed of unemployed baseball players but boasts solid pitching power, 1-0 in the group stage. The team also lost 1-4 against Taiwan. It was a tremendous performance considering that Korea fell to Taiwan 0-4.
China has repeatedly collapsed easily in international competitions due to its shaky defense. However, in this tournament, we are minimizing the number of runs with a stronger defense than before. There were some errors, but there was also a rain that surprised everyone. Now, Ryu Joong-il is not an easy opponent to win.
Here, China is the home team. The game is played with the support of unilateral home fans. In addition, you should be careful about home calls. China has been embroiled in a controversy over biased judgment in the short track speed skating at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. As this game is also played for the final, we cannot help but be concerned about the “home call.”
There was also a strike decision that could be controversial in the China-Taiwan match. High balls from Chinese pitchers tended to receive generous strike calls. On the other hand, high balls of Taiwanese pitchers were more often judged as balls.
In particular, the four pitches that flew in a three-ball no-strike to Lin Chi-cheng with two outs and a full base in the top of the fifth inning with Taiwan leading 3-0 were called strikes, even though they were caught at a higher position than the catcher’s mask. If this ball was a ball, Taiwan could have scored an additional point because it was a full base. However, Taiwan failed to score any more points in the top of the fifth inning. In the end, he won, but he couldn’t let go of his tension until the ninth inning and won 4-1.
As Ryu Joong-il, if the seesaw game continues, he could be a victim of a home call from China. We have to widen the gap from the beginning with clear hitting and pitching power. If not, an unexpected home call may come as the biggest obstacle to Ryu Joong-il.