NC Peddie, challenging the ‘feat of sedition,’ will he write professional baseball history?
In Korean professional baseball, will we be able to see the first triple crown of 20 wins and 200 strikeouts since Seon Dong-yeol of Haitai (now KIA Tigers) in 1986? This is why attention is being paid to the right arm of NC Dinos ace Eric Peddie.
Peddie threw 106 pitches until the 6th inning in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League away game against the Doosan Bears held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 19th, allowing 1 hit, 1 walk, 12 strikeouts, and no runs. In particular, he broke the personal record for most strikeouts set in the Kiwoom Heroes game on the 5th in just two weeks.
With his frighteningly continuous performance, Peddie is already being strongly discussed as a candidate for MVP of the season. Peddie honestly revealed his enthusiasm for MVP.
In an interview after the game that day, Peddie said, “At the beginning of the season, I heard a lot of criticism that the team called NC Dinos was not suitable for the playoffs, but coming into this season, I played good games with my teammates.” He then expressed his aspirations, saying, “If I play as well as I did today, I definitely want to win the MVP, and I definitely want to return this honor to my teammates and the club office.”
It’s not just MVP. Peddie has a high possibility of becoming the first foreign player to achieve the Triple Crown as a pitcher. He is also aiming for the triple crown of 20 wins, 200 strikeouts, which has not occurred in 37 seasons.
Peddie expressed his honest feelings about this. “It’s a lie if you say you don’t think about it.” Still, Peddie revealed his true intentions, saying, “I try not to think about it as much as possible.
Peddie replied, “I think about the team rather than the individual. I know very well that the team needs me as a starting pitcher, so right now, I’m not thinking about records as much as possible and only thinking about the team.” He also emphasized, “I know very well that the Triple Crown is a record that can be quickly blown away if one mistake is made in just one game.”
In baseball, a pitcher’s Triple Crown means ranking first in ERA, most wins, and strikeouts in a season. Peddie lowered his ERA from 2.21 to 2.13 after this game and accumulated 19 wins on the season. He set a season strikeout record of 181, increasing his chances of striking out 200.
He ranked first in the league in ERA, most wins, and strikeouts. If this continues, not only will he become the first foreign pitcher to win three crowns, but he will also achieve a triple crown of 20 wins and 200 strikeouts, which has not been seen since Seon Dong-yeol of Haitai in 1986.
In the past, the only players to have achieved the Triple Crown in Korean professional baseball are Sun Dong-yeol, Ryu Hyun-jin (currently Toronto), and Yoon Seok-min. Sun Dong-yeol won the Triple Crown for the first time in Korean professional baseball history in 1986 with Haitai, recording 24 wins, 214 strikeouts, and an ERA of 0.99.
Seon Dong-yeol remained a legend in professional baseball by recording the Triple Crown in three consecutive seasons in 1989, 1990, and 1991. Since then, Hanwha Ryu Hyun-jin has won the Triple Crown once in 2006, and KIA Yoon Seok-min has won the Triple Crown once in 2011.
If Fedi achieves the Triple Crown this season, he will become the first foreign player to do so. Even if he records just one more win and 19 strikeouts in the remaining games, he can achieve the triple crown feat of 20 wins and 200 strikeouts.
Regarding this game, Peddie said, “Doosan is the team right behind us in the rankings, so I went into the game with that thought in mind.” He continued by saying, “온라인카지노That’s why I pitched with all my might,” and said that he had strengthened his resolve before the game.
Even ‘Monster’ Peddie had a crisis during the game. He gave up the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning due to a hit, error, and walk. In this situation, Peddie struck out Yang Seok-hwan with a fastball and ended the inning.
Peddie laughed, saying he actually didn’t mean to. Peddie said about the situation at the time, “Actually, I didn’t go to the location I wanted, but catcher Kim Hyeong-jun did a good job with the framing.” He added, “I think the pitch went well throughout the game for this reason.”
A crisis arose even with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, on the verge of victory. Closer Lee Yong-chan was hit by a solo shot by Yang Eui-ji, and Jose Rojas’ home run hit was judged as a foul by video review, which made him feel heartbroken.
How did Peddie feel at this time? Peddie said, “Strangely enough, I watched the game with a very calm mind during the 9th inning.” “The reason we have won 19 games so far is because of our defense and bullpen pitchers.” At the same time, Peddie confessed, “I continued to watch the 9th episode with that belief.”
When will Peddie’s next appearance be? Mathematically, he can start as many as four times by the end of the season. Previously, NC coach Kang In-kwon said, “It’s usually Sunday, but I think we should take a look at the team’s performance this week,” and hinted at Peddie’s appearance, saying, “He’s a player who always tries to match his condition to the team’s.”
To this, Peddie responded, “I have the mindset that I can always pitch when the coach needs me,” and “Actually, if we go to the playoffs, it would be nice to take a little break, but if the coach needs me, I can pitch for the team at any time.” It remains to be seen whether Peddie will continue the lineage of national treasure pitcher Sun Dong-yeol.