Pedi will start the home game against the Kiwoom Heroes at Changwon NC Park on the 5th. Pedi, who had been cruising after entering the KBO League this season, bowed his head with the worst pitch in three innings against the KIA Tigers on the 31st of last month, the previous game. The game became more important to change the atmosphere. On top of that, considering Pedi’s triple crown challenge, the importance of the rest of the season increases.
Pedi has recorded 16 wins, 6 losses, and a 2.39 ERA until the 4th, ranking first in multiple wins, third in ERA, and second in strikeouts (149). It is close to the pitcher’s triple crown, which can only be achieved by dominating all of the ERA, multiple wins, and strikeouts. The Triple Crown is also a record that no one can achieve in terms of having to win all three categories of title competition.
Only three pitchers have achieved triple crowns in the KBO League in history: Sun Dong-yeol (1986, 1989-1991), Ryu Hyun-jin (2006), and Yoon Seok-min (2011). If Pedi wins the Triple Crown, it will be the first record for a foreign player. Pedi has emerged as the top foreign player since the beginning of the season with brilliant performances. 스포츠토토탑
However, the possibility of a triple crown was difficult to predict. This is because a high wall called Ahn Woo-jin (Kium Heroes) was blocking the road. Ahn Woo-jin, who struck out 224 last year and set a new record for the most strikeouts in a single season for domestic pitchers in the KBO League, took 164 strikeouts in 24 games this year.
As Ahn Woo-jin was out of the season due to elbow surgery, Pedi, who was ranked second in the strikeout category, had a chance. The gap between Pedi and Ahn Woo-jin is 15. It’s a distance worth overtaking for the rest of the month. In the ERA category, there is not much difference between Pedi and leader Raul Alcantara (Doosan Bears, 2.37). If Peddy shows an “ace mode” that prevents long innings with minimum runs in the remaining appearances, he can also aim to recapture the lead in ERA.
In the multiple wins category, he is leading by beating Wes Benjamin (KT Wiz, 14 wins). If Peddy, who is also considered a candidate for the MVP of the regular season, achieves the triple crown, he will also take a step ahead of the MVP competition. There is about a month left until the end of the regular season, and more attention is focused on Pedi’s performance.