The final three games of the first half. An ace is dispatched to overpower the first game. Lotte and NC are in fourth and fifth place with one game separating them. The three-game series, which will be the finale of the first half, is an all-out battle. In the six meetings this season, Lotte has the upper hand with a 5-1 record.
Lotte Giants’ Na Kyun-ahn and NC Dinos’ Eric Peddy will take the mound.
The two pitchers will start the seventh game of the season between the two teams on April 11 at Changwon NC Park.안전놀이터
Pedi has the edge in the season standings. He leads the team in wins and ERA with an 11-2 record and 1.73 ERA in 14 games. This will be his first appearance against Lotte.
Na Kyun-an has emerged as Lotte’s ace after outperforming the foreign duo, and has the advantage of a stable game. 6-2, 3.17 in 15 games.
These aren’t extreme numbers like Pedi’s, but it’s a different story against NC. Both of his starts have been victories for Lotte. In two games against NC this season, he is 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA with just two runs allowed in 13 innings pitched.
He was strong against NC’s Son As-seop (4-for-4), Martin (3-for-3), and Park Se-hyuk (3-for-3). Hyeon-hwan Jae (3-for-2), Yoon Hyung-joon and Seo Ho-cheol (2-for-1 each) are the hitters to watch out for.
The mood has been off for NC lately.
NC is going through a rough patch, going 2-8 in its last 10 games. In their recent two-game series against Samsung in Changwon, they were shut out for two straight games. Three of their last four games have been shutouts. The key will be whether the slumping batting lineup can rebound and sweep the ‘nemesis’ Na Gyun-an.
Count on ace Pedi. Matchup against Na Kyun-ahn. Stimulate the competition.
Pedi competed with Na for the April MVP award. In the month of April, Pedi went 4-1 with a 0.47 ERA in six games against Na (4-1 with a 1.34 ERA in five games). Despite being ahead in the journalists’ vote, he lost the fan vote by three times, narrowly missing out on the overall award.
Debut head-to-head. It will be a chance to see who is the stronger starter.
Aside from their personalities, both pitchers will have a huge responsibility to decide their team’s finale in the immediate future.