When will Eric Pedroia come out, the biggest question of the recently concluded 2023 KBO League postseason.
“There’s nowhere to go from here,” said NC Dinos manager Kang Myung-ho ahead of the team’s second semifinal game against the SSG Landers at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Wednesday afternoon. We will go out for the third game unconditionally.”
The timing of Peddie’s return and appearance was highly anticipated because of the power he showed in the regular season.
The NC ace went 20-6 with a 2.00 ERA in 30 regular-season games this year. He’s also very good at striking out batters, with 209 strikeouts in 180⅓ innings pitched. He’s a must-have for NC.
Peddie suffered an injury in the final at-bat of the regular season when he was hit in the right forearm by a pitch. This kept him out of NC’s early postseason journey. NC still managed to make it through the wild-card decider against the Doosan Bears and used the momentum to secure a first-round semi-final against SSG Landers.
Pedi checked in with the team by pitching out of the bullpen on April 22, the day of Game 1. He threw a total of 19 pitches.
When asked about his bullpen pitching, Kang said, “I didn’t pitch with 100% effort. It was about 90%. It was just to check the type of pitches.” He added, “I don’t think I’m 100% recovered yet. It’s true that I have some anxiety, but I don’t think it’s time to put it off any longer. We’ll definitely pitch him in Game 3.”
We don’t know exactly how he’s feeling. We won’t know until he throws a ball in a game. Regardless, the return to the mound of the ace who led the team throughout the regular season will be a positive boost for the entire team. 짱구카지노
The pressure is even greater for SSG after dropping Game 1 at home. SSG will look to bounce back in Game 2 with ace Kim Kwang-hyun, who has autumnal DNA.
Meanwhile, SSG head coach Kim “Won-hyung” Kim has already announced his selection for Game 3. He chose Oh Won-seok, who has an 8-10 record with a 5.23 ERA this season.
“He had experience in the Korean Series last year and pitched well, and he’s been throwing the ball normally since the month of October,” Kim explained.