Foreign pitcher Eric Peddie (30-NC Dinos) is on an “epic” winning pace.카지노
Pedi picked up his 15th win of the season (3-0) against the Incheon SSG Landers on the 8th. He extended his lead over the second most prolific group (Wes Benjamin-Adam Plutko), who have 11 wins, to four and is one step closer to becoming the second most prolific player in NC franchise history, eight years after Eric Hacker in 2015.
As impressive as the wins are, the pace is even more impressive. With 15 wins in just his 19th start of the season, Pedi matched the KBO’s all-time record of 15 wins in fewest games set by Kim Il-young (then of the Samsung Lions) in 1985. That year, Kim won 10 games as a starter and five more out of the bullpen to reach the 15-win plateau. Pedi’s record is more “pure” in that he won 15 games as a starter.
In addition, Pedi surpassed the likes of Park Chul-soon “Phoenix” (1982 – OB Bears) and Jang Myung-bu “Raccoon” (1983 – Sammi Superstars), who both achieved 15 wins in 20 games. Park won 22 games in a row in 1982 and Jang Myung-bu won 30 games in the 1983 season. This is a good indication of how good Pedi is.
It’s not all luck, either. His ERA is 1.97, the only one of the 21 pitchers to complete a full game. After giving up five runs in four innings against the Busan Lotte Giants on the 2nd, his ERA jumped from 1.74 to 2.10. With the steady accumulation of physical exhaustion, it seemed natural for his pace to slow down.
However, before the SSG, NC head coach Kang Myung-ho expressed his opinion that Pedi’s performance was a temporary slump. “I could see that his grip on his changeup was a little different (against Lotte), so I corrected that part,” Kang said. “He had some blisters on his fingers, so it was a little deformed without his knowledge, but he corrected it again when he pitched in the bullpen.” Pedi lived up to his manager’s expectations, pitching seven scoreless innings. With a two-seam fastball that touched up to 154 km/h, he was able to hold SSG ace Kim Kwang-hyun (six innings, one run) to a no-decision.
Eric Peddy with pitcher Lee Yong-jun (left) at the club’s own event. Courtesy of the NC Dinos
20 wins in a season is achievable. The last KBO player to win 20 games in a season was Raul Alcantara (Doosan Bears) in 2020. Alcantara became the 21st player in history to reach the milestone, and Pedi is aiming to break the record for most wins by a foreign pitcher in a season (22), set by Daniel Rios in 2007 and Dustin Nippert in 2016 (both with Doosan).
“Obviously, I want to have a sub-1 ERA. I want to keep it under one,” he said. “I’ve been working hard every day. In fact, as we saw in the Lotte game, I think a pitcher can break down at any time. Right now, I want to think about 16 wins before 20,” he humbled.