The victory pace of foreign pitcher Eric Peddy (30, NC Dinos) is ‘the best ever’.
Peddy earned his 15th win (3rd loss) of the season against SSG Landers in Incheon on the 8th. By widening the gap to the second-place group (Wes Benjamin and Adam Plutko) with 11 wins to 4 wins, he took a step closer to becoming the second most-winner in NC club history, eight years after Eric Hacker in 2015.메이저놀이터
What is as impressive as the number of wins is the pace. Peddie, who won 15 wins in his 19th appearance of the season, stood shoulder to shoulder with the record of 15 wins in the KBO League’s history achieved by Kim Il-yung (then Samsung Lions) in 1985. That year, Kim Il-yung reached 15 wins with 10 wins as a starter and 5 wins with the bullpen. Peddy’s ‘purity’ is higher in that he has won 15 wins only as a starter.
Not only that, but Peddy surpassed all of them, including “Phoenix” Park Chul-soon (1982, then OB Bears) and “Nuguri” Jang Myeong-bu (1983, then Sammi Superstars), who won 15 wins in 20 games. Park Chul-soon is a professional baseball legend who won 22 consecutive wins in 1982 and Jang Myeong-bu won 30 in 1983. It is also a point where you can gauge how much Peddy’s performance is.
It wasn’t just blindly followed by victory. Peddy’s ERA is 1.97, the only one among 21 pitchers who have filled the regulation innings. Peddy, who gave up 5 runs in 4 innings against the Busan Lotte Giants on the 2nd, jumped from 1.74 to 2.10 in his earned run average. As his stamina consumption steadily accumulated, it seemed natural for his pace to break.
However, NC coach Kang In-kwon expressed the opinion that ‘Peddy’s appearance is temporarily sluggish’ before the SSG match. Director Kang said, “(In the match against Lotte), I could see that the changeup grip had changed a little. That part has been corrected.” said. Peddy lived up to the manager’s expectations and pitched 7 scoreless innings. He won by decision in a face-to-face confrontation with SSG ace Kim Gwang-hyeon (6 innings, 1 run) with a two-seam fastball that recorded up to 154 km / h.
Eric Peddy attended the club’s own event with pitcher Lee Yong-jun (left). Courtesy of NC Dinos
It is also worth aiming for 20 wins in the season. Raul Alcantara (Doosan Bears) is the last to win 20 wins in the KBO League season in 2020. After Alcantara established the 21st record of all time, the lifeline was cut off, but Peddie went further and tried to break the record for the most wins (22 wins) in a foreign pitcher season set by Daniel Rios in 2007 and Dustin Nippert (at the time of Doosan) in 2016.
Peddie said, “Of course I’m greedy (average ERA in the 1-point range). I want to maintain the 1-point range.” I want to think of 16 wins first,” he lowered his body.