An 11-win ace who thrives on being messy

Until last year, the ace of the NC League was Drew Ruchinski. In four years, from 2019 to last year, he pitched 121 games with a 53-36 record and a 3.06 ERA. He led the NC to its first Korean Series title in 2020 and has been playing in Major League Baseball (MLB) 토토사이트 for Oakland since this year. However, NC will not be without Luchinski. Eric Peddie, who was a full-time starter in the MLB Washington until last year, is filling Luchinski’s shoes nicely.

Pedi, who made his Korean debut this year, started a game against Doosan on Aug. 28 and pitched six innings of one-hit ball, striking out six and walking none to lead the team to a 4-1 victory. NC, which had lost five straight games the day before, broke the losing streak with a strong performance from its ‘new ace’. With the win, Pedi improved to 11-1 on the season, lowering his ERA to 1.61 and moving into first place in both the wins and ERA categories. “It’s been my dream and goal as a baseball player to have a season like this,” said Peddie, who earned the win in his first game back after missing one start with an anterior rotator cuff injury. “I have to thank all my teammates and staff at NC. I’m proud of my record and hungry to keep it that way,” he said.

Pedi kept the Doosan bats at bay until the top of the fifth inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Yang Seok-hwan, but retired the next two batters. After giving up a leadoff walk in the sixth, he got out of a jam with runners on first and second on a throwing error, then struck out Heo Kyung-min and Kim Jae-hwan to get out of the jam. Pedi threw a variety of pitches on the day, including a cut fastball, changeup, and curveball, which he topped out at 153 kilometers per hour. NC catcher Park Se-hyuk explained that Pedi is cruising as the best pitcher in the Korean League because “there’s not a single pitch that comes straight to him.”

Pedi throws a sinker instead of the four-seam fastball that most hard-throwing pitchers use. His sinker, which he throws at a controlled speed of 143 to 153 kilometers per hour, has good up and down movement. “Even a fastball that’s 150 kilometers per hour, if it’s in the middle of the plate, you’re going to get hit,” says Park. But Pedi’s sinker has good movement and good control,” Park said. Pitch analysis showed that of the 79 pitches Pedi threw that day, 28 were curves. Some of those pitches were vertical curves, but others were sweepers (a variation of a slider that curves sideways a lot) that have become popular in MLB 안전놀이터순위.

Peddy, who was drafted by the Nats with the 18th overall pick in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, was a mainstay in the Nats’ starting rotation until last year. He was a member of the Nats’ 2019 World Series championship team. His MLB career record is 21-33 with a 5.41 ERA in 102 games. Peddy became a free agent after last season, but teams around the MLB didn’t show much interest in him. Although he was Washington’s fifth starter, he lost more than twice as many games (13) as he won (6) and his durability was questionable. Peddy was prone to nagging injuries, and his most innings pitched in a season was 133 in 29 games in 2021.