With the Olympic bronze and the rematch at stake, the Dominican Republic faces South Korea


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With the Olympic bronze and the rematch at stake, the Dominican Republic faces South Korea

The second confrontation between both national baseball teams will mark the end of the Dominican participation in Tokyo 2020, a country that is seeking its fifth medal in these Olympic Games

The last game of the Dominican and South Korean baseball teams will be the most important of the Olympic tournament for both nations, because they will be competing for the bronze medal.

South Korea, who was the champion of the last edition of Olympic baseball, reached the bronze medal game after being defeated by Japan during the first semifinal match. On his side, the Dominican Republic had to play two playoff matches in less than 24 hours, winning the first against Israel and falling defeated in the second against the United States.

This will be the second meeting of the two countries, which met in the first match of the second round of the Olympic tournament and the South Koreans took advantage of a bad relay from the closer Luis Felipe Castillo to leave the quisqueyanos on the ground. Dominicans will have Raul Valdes as their starter in the match, who already faced South Korea, while for the Asians the right will go up Minwoo Kim.

At the offensive level, countries arrive in two completely different situations. South Korea It has been the best offense of Tokyo 2020, boasting a batting average of .294, along with an on-base percentage (OBP) of .369 and a slugging percentage (SLG) of .441, good for an OPS of .810. They have scored a total of 27 runs and hit 5 home runs in the tournament.

Dominican Republic it has been the opposite. One of the worst offenses in the tournament with a batting average of just .212, along with an OBP of .282 and an SLG of .338. They are the team with the fewest runs scored among the final four (15) and the fewest home runs (4).

In pitching statistics, the Dominicans have done a better job than the Asians with regard to earned runs allowed (17 vs. 25), which translates to an ERA of 3.56 in 43 innings vs. 4.50 in 50 innings. of South Koreans.

As for strikeouts, South Korea has been better than all the teams, achieving 65 outs by that route, compared to the 31 achieved by Dominican Republic. With regard to batting average of rival teams, the South Koreans have the advantage by allowing .216, against .236 of the Dominican pitchers.

In general terms, the South Korea Baseball National Team She is the favorite to win against her Dominican counterpart, but the Dominican team has several of the best hitters in the tournament, who could wreak havoc on the South Korean pitching staff.

Dominican Republic is in search of the first Olympic baseball medal in its history (and fifth in this edition of the Olympics), while South Korea He is behind his third medal (and his twentieth in Tokyo 2020).

Bronze, honor, and a possible rematch are on the line during Olympic baseball’s third-place game in Tokyo 2020.


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