NC Ace Eric Peddy (30) confessed his feelings about challenging the record that only the greatest legends of Korean baseball have achieved. Although he is wary of being too conscious of records, he said he wants to achieve good results and win MVP.
Peddie threw 106 pitches in the game against Doosan in Jamsil on the 19th and showed off his strength by allowing 1 hit, 1 walk, 12 strikeouts, and no runs in 6 innings. He had the most strikeouts this season and earned his 19th win of the season. His earned run average went down from 2.21 to 2.13, and he struck out 181 times on the season. NC defeated Doosan 2-1 with Peddie at the forefront.
Peddie is ranked first in the three categories of wins, ERA, and strikeouts. If he adds 1 win and 19 strikeouts in the future, he will achieve 20 wins and 200 strikeouts. And if he finishes the season by sweeping all three categories, he will reach the triple crown of 20 wins and 200 strikeouts, something only Haitai Sun Dong-yeol achieved in 1986.
Until last year, there were a total of six Triple Crowns. Seon Dong-yeol has won the Triple Crown three times since 1986 (1989, 1990, 1991). And Hanwha Ryu Hyun-jin (2006) and KIA Yoon Seok-min (2011) have achieved the Triple Crown once.
First foreign player to win the Triple Crown. The second triple crown in history with 20 wins and 200 strikeouts. In addition, Fedi is aiming for MVP.
NC Dinos starting pitcher Peddy is giving a high-five to his teammates as he goes into the dugout after striking out Doosan Yang Seok-hwan with two outs and bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning of a game against the Doosan Bears in the 2023 KBO League held at Jamsil Stadium on the 19th. 2023. 9. 19. Jamsil | Reporter Park Jin-up email@example.com
The following is a Q&A between Peddie and the reporters after the Doosan game.
-Every game is important, but today’s game was also important. It seemed like he was pitching with all his might from the first inning.
Doosan is the team right behind in the rankings. I went into the game with only one thought in mind: I had to beat Doosan. At the same time, I pitched with all my might and won, so I am very satisfied.
-I think the only crisis was in the bottom of the third inning with two outs and bases loaded. When catching Yang Seok-hwan, a fastball was thrown in. Was it intentionally thrown?
Actually, it wasn’t the location I wanted. However, Kim Hyeong-jun was really good at framing. Thanks to that, I got a strike and I think it was the best pitch I threw this year.
-1 win to 20 wins. There are 19 strikeouts left until 200 strikeouts. If you win the Triple Crown with 20 wins, 200 strikeouts or more, you will be the only player in the history of the KBO League to win the Triple Crown. Do you know this?바카라
Honestly, I know. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about it. Still, I try not to think about it as much as possible. It is more important to think about the team rather than myself and help the team win. I know very well that my team needs me, so I don’t want to think about records too much. And the Triple Crown can be lost even with just one bad game. So I try not to think about it any more.
-Coach In-kwon Kang said that in some cases, he would leave open the possibility of pitching after a four-day break. What do you think about this?
He is willing to pitch at any time if the manager needs it. It’s good to take a break considering the postseason, but as mentioned before, he can throw for the team whenever the coach wants.
-How did you watch the final save in the bottom of the 9th inning?
Surprisingly, I watched the game with a peaceful mind. The secret to my 19 wins so far is thanks to the good defense and hitting of my teammates and the bullpen pitchers. I watched the game with that much faith.
-There is also talk of MVP. I feel like I’m getting greedy.
In fact, before the season began, there was an assessment that NC was not suitable for the postseason. However, I believed that we could achieve good results with our teammates this season. In fact, good results are coming out. If I become MVP, it will prove this, so I definitely want to win MVP. I want to win MVP and share that honor with my teammates.
-With today’s win, we have widened the gap with 4th place and are continuing to chase 2nd place. Where are you looking on the leaderboard now?
Of course it is above. Of course, it is important to keep your position, but I am running only looking ahead. I want to bring down KT and LG in the rankings and enter the postseason in first place. I don’t think there’s anything better than that.
-I’m curious about your thoughts on the KBO League’s official ball. It is often said that it is a better ball for pitchers than the Major League official ball. Can we say that this year’s performance is related to the performance in the KBO League?
I think a baseball is the same baseball. Of course, major league balls are not good. However, I don’t think we should rely on the fact that the KBO League’s official ball is good. So, rather than thinking about the official ball, I just want to show 100% for every ball in every game.