Ok, so the 1st tiebreaker is basically run differential, but it also factors in innings batted and pitched. So winning by slaughter rule will help, and extra innings will hurt.
Korea needed to win by 6 to advance. Don't know if they'd've had the tiebreaker if they won by 5.
But what's interesting is if they would have advanced if they won by 4. Then, they could have let Chinese Taipei tie the game in the 9th, with the hopes of winning by a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th. I wonder if that was the case, if the manager would've been keen to that, and planned accordingly.
We could have had a situation where Korea refused to win the game unless by grand slam. Meaning base runners would hold at third no matter what until the bases were juiced. And if a HR wasn't hit when they were loaded, I guess they'd just stay on their bases, and let the hitter would just retire himself by running to the dugout.
The regular season is merely the qualifying phase for the playoffs. The regular season does not determine the best team, nor the order of who is best.
Last edited by cub killer; 03-08-2013 at 07:02 PM.