Who will be the one who wins the ticket to the Korean Series? The first round of the playoffs is now just one day away. KT Wiz’s foreign pitcher William Cuevas is the legendary ‘undefeated pitcher’ who won the winning percentage this season. And Eric Fedi, the ‘foreigner Seon Dong-yeol’ who dominated the KBO league by winning three gold medals this year. Attention is focused on who will emerge as the strongest pitcher in the starting matchup between the two.토스카지노
The KT Wiz, who advanced to the playoffs by finishing second in the regular season, will face the NC Dinos, who succeeded in a semi-playoff upset after ending the wild card game in a single game, in the 2023 Shinhan Bank KBO Postseason Playoffs at Suwon KT Wiz Park at 6:30 pm on the 30th. (PO, best of 5) The first game will be held.
This is the first time that KT and NC face each other in the postseason. KT had an advantage over NC in the pennant race this season with 10 wins and 6 losses.
KT finished the regular season the fastest among the 10 clubs. The game against Doosan on the 10th was the final game. As a result, he was able to participate in the first round of the playoffs after resting and training for about three weeks. We gained almost as much time to prepare as the teams that advanced to the Korean Series.
On the other hand, it is encouraging that NC is on the rise by winning the wild card game and the semi-playoffs. In any case, it can be seen that their practical sense is more advantageous than KT. Moreover, it is also good news that the team took sufficient rest for 4 days after confirming their berth in the playoffs in the third game of the semi-playoffs against SSG Landers on the 25th.
It can be said that winning the first game is very important in a short-term match, which is commonly referred to as a battle of momentum. In the past 32 playoffs, best of 5, the percentage of teams that won the first game advanced to the Korean Series was 78.1%.
To win the first game, Cuevas is expected to start for KT and Fedi is expected to start for NC. Cuevas joined KT as a substitute in June of this season, started 18 games, and performed well with 12 wins, no losses, and an ERA of 2.60. While he pitched a total of 114⅓ innings, he allowed 95 hits (4 home runs), 24 walks, 100 strikeouts, 33 runs (33 earned), a WHIP (on-base percentage allowed per inning) of 1.04, and a hitting percentage of 0.224. Quality starts (less than 3 earned runs in 6 innings as a starter) were successful 14 times.
After Cuevas joined, KT, which was once at the bottom, has been on the rise. He became the third player in history to record a 100% winning percentage and received the KBO winning percentage award. Cuevas was the first player to win the KBO winning percentage award with only a starting win without a single loss record. He started only one game against NC this year and pitched well with 5 hits, 4 strikeouts, and 2 runs (2 earned) in 6 innings. In his career postseason, he recorded 2 wins, 0 losses, and an ERA of 2.20 in 3 games, showing his strength in big games. In the 2021 season, he contributed to the team’s first overall victory by pitching 7 innings with 1 hit, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts, and no runs in the first-ever tiebreaker (1st place match) against the Samsung Lions. He is ready to show off his ace prowess in the first round of the playoffs.
NC Peddy, the starting opponent, literally dominated the KBO league this year. Peddie started 30 games this season, recording 20 wins, 6 losses, and an ERA of 2.00. He pitched a total of 180⅓ innings, allowing 137 hits (9 home runs), 35 walks, 209 strikeouts, 46 runs (40 earned), a WHIP of 0.95, a hitting percentage of 0.207, and pitching quality starts 21 times. He achieved the Triple Crown by ranking first in earned run average, most wins, and strikeouts. He started in 3 games against KT this season and achieved a record of 1 win, 2 losses, and an average ERA of 2.65. He gave up 19 hits (3 home runs), 4 walks, 23 strikeouts, and 9 runs (5 earned) in 17 innings, with a hitting percentage of 0.271. Of the three home runs against KT, two were allowed to Alford and one was allowed to Kang Baek-ho. However, Kang Baek-ho suffered a side injury during a practice game on the 26th, making it difficult for him to participate in the playoffs.
Peddie became the first player in 37 years since Sun Dong-yeol (Haitai) in 1986 to achieve 20 wins and 200 strikeouts at the same time. Peddie was the first foreigner to record 20 wins and 200 strikeouts at the same time. After the season, Peddie received the Choi Dong-won Award, given to the league’s best pitcher. He is very likely to win the KBO Golden Gloves and MVP awards. The key is the condition of his arm. Peddie was replaced in his last game of the regular season on the 16th after being hit on the right arm by Ko Jong-wook’s batted ball in the bottom of the sixth inning. After being diagnosed with a contusion, he missed both the wild card game and the semi-playoffs. However, he is expected to take the mound without difficulty in the first game of this playoff. According to NC officials, Peddie threw 43 bullpen pitches normally on the 27th. NC coach Kang In-kwon said, “We will check his condition through bullpen pitching, and if there are no problems, he will pitch (in the first game).”
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