Peddie rise has led to a butterfly effect in the rankings battle.
The NC Dinos, who were looking to solidify their sole possession of third place in the KBO regular season, dropped to fourth place after losing ace Eric Peddie (30) to injury.
Peddie, who pitched a no-hitter through five innings against KIA in Gwangju on April 16, was hit in the back of the right elbow by KIA’s Ko Jong-wook with two outs in the sixth inning. Pedi was immediately replaced by Kim Young-gyu, who was diagnosed with a simple contusion after a medical examination.
Pedi became the fifth player in league history to reach the 20-win, 200-strikeout milestone this season. He won the pitching trifecta (wins, ERA, and strikeouts) and is the favorite to win the regular season MVP. He was also honored with the Choi Dong-won Award. He could have rested up for the postseason, but he took the mound to solidify a third-place finish with a direct playoff berth at stake. On the line was a season-long record for one-run ERA. His 2.06 ERA was down to 1.996 when he was pulled after suffering an untimely injury. 카지노사이트킴 According to KBO rules, his ERA is officially recorded as 2.00. With just one more strikeout, he would have become the first starting pitcher in 13 years to record a 1.00 ERA since Hanwha’s Ryu Hyun-jin (1.82) in 2010.
Pedi’s sudden demise also had a butterfly effect on the standings battle. NC lost 2-4 as the bullpen couldn’t hold off KIA’s late rally and lost the third spot to SSG, who won 3-2 over Doosan on the day. With the loss, Doosan clinched fifth place regardless of the outcome of the remaining games. Even if they tie with fourth-place NC, they will lose out on head-to-head points.
Third and fourth places will be decided by the results of the season finale on Sunday. If SSG beats Doosan, they will finish third and go directly to the semi-finals. NC can move back into third place by 0.5 games if they win the final KIA game, assuming SSG loses. NC is worried that if they finish fourth, Pedi won’t be able to play in the 4-5th place wildcard match scheduled for April 19-20. The semifinals begin on the 22nd. Lotte beat Hanwha 7-2 in Daejeon away from home.