■ Pedi 20 wins in 37 years, 200 K
No fly balls, rarely allows long hits,
cooks batters with his main weapon sweeper,
precise control and competitive spirit also play a part,
in fact, he is reserved as the MVP of the regular season
There has never been a foreign pitcher like this before.
This is the golden age of NC foreign pitcher Eric Peddie (30). As of the 12th, Peddie has maintained 20 wins, 6 losses, and an average ERA of 2.06 in the Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League. He is first in wins and earned run average, and also leads the league in strikeouts with 204. Peddie achieved 20 wins and 200 strikeouts in a single season at the same time in 37 years since Sun Dong-yeol (24 wins, 214 strikeouts) of Haitai (now KIA) in 1986. In addition, it is likely that he will achieve the pitcher triple crown (1st place in wins, ERA, and strikeouts) for the first time in 12 years since KIA Yoon Seok-min in 2011. If he achieves the triple crown, he will be the first foreign player. He also ranks first in detailed indicators such as strikeouts per 9 innings (10.51), hit rate (0.209), WHIP (on-base percentage per inning, 0.97), and quality starts (3 earned runs or less in 6 innings, 21 times).
There are many secrets. NC colleagues call Peddie the ‘ground ball master.’ This year, Peddie’s ground ball/fly ball ratio is 1.71 (ground balls handled are 1.71 times more than fly balls), ranking first in the entire league. A batter must float the ball to produce a long hit. On the other hand, pitchers should induce as many ground balls as possible to avoid giving up a large number of runs. Since the ball does not float, the risk of being hit by a long hit is greatly reduced. Peddie has given up only 9 home runs in 174.2 innings this year, and his slugging percentage is 0.276, the lowest among pitchers who have currently filled regulation innings.
Peddie is benefiting greatly from the sweeper newly installed after last season. The sweeper is a pitch that has recently been in the spotlight not only in the KBO League but also in the American Major League. It is a type of horizontal slider, and although the speed is somewhat slow, the angle of bending horizontally and vertically is large. Commonly referred to as Magu (魔球). However, this sweeper made Peddie a difficult pitcher to attack.
Peddie also does not throw a fastball (four-seam fastball). Instead, he deceives the batter with a breaking ball that falls to the bell. Peddie increased the proportion of changeups in the big leagues from 7.9% until last year to 12.9% this year. And he increased his use of modified fastballs, such as two-seam fastballs and cut fastballs that change a lot just before passing the strike zone.
In the end, Peddie is building an unprecedented record as a foreign pitcher with a variety of ball combinations, from sweepers to modified fastballs, and sophisticated ball control. Throwing a sweeper shakes the opponent’s swing trajectory, and confuses the batter with pitches such as change-ups and two-seam fastballs that come like fastballs but fall to the bell. The guts, competitive spirit, and fighting spirit are amazing. At this point, it must be very difficult to hit Peddie’s ball at the plate.먹튀검증
Peddie, who was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in September, actually reserved the regular season MVP award. He has pitched 174.2 innings to date, allowing only 40 earned runs. Peddie is expected to take the mound in the regular season once more. If Peddie leaves six scoreless innings in his final appearance, he could bring his earned run average down to 1.99. In history, the last ERA in the 1-point range was Ryu Hyun-jin (ERA 1.82) in 2010. It appears that there will be no surprises in Peddie’s MVP award, as he is maintaining his all-time record.