5 games in a row of QS, May ERA of ‘2.03’, Peña’s strong start that Pedi doesn’t envy, and the ace Han-hwa craved.
On the 26th of May, the Hanwha Eagles lost 0-11 against the NC Dinos in Changwon. They were shut out by opposing starter Eric Peddy, 30, and suffered the loss.
Pedi has been the best foreign pitcher this season. He pitched in the major leagues until last season, and was particularly strong against Hanwha. On 30 April, he pitched seven innings of one-hit ball against Hanwha, and on 26 May, he threw a six-inning, five-hit shutout. He has a 0.00 ERA in those two games.
Struck out 20 batters in 13 innings pitched. Has a 1-for-3 record with six strikeouts. It’s a record that should strike fear into the Hanwha batting line-up.
In recent years, Hanwha hasn’t benefited from foreign pitchers. They were envious of other teams’ foreign pitchers. This year was no different. Butch Smith, who was expected to be the number one starter, left the team after 2⅔ innings in the opener. I couldn’t help but think back to last year’s nightmare of having to replace two foreign pitchers early in the season.
This year, it’s a different story. Felix Peña, 33, in his second year in the KBO, pitches well. He’s a completely different pitcher than he was in April. Judging by his May performance alone, I don’t envy him.
On the 27th, Peña started against NC and pitched a five-hit shutout until the sixth inning. He walked no one and struck out four. He had a run in scoring position, but he got out of it. His steady pitching helped the team to a 5-0 victory.
His recent form has been very good. From 4 May against the Doosan Bears to 27 May against the NC, he finished all five games with a quality start (6+ innings pitched, 3 earned runs or less). On 10 May, he pitched seven innings of one-hit ball against the Samsung Lions. After a no-hitter through six innings, he gave up a run-scoring single to Kang Min-ho in the seventh. It was the only run he allowed.메이저사이트
In five games in May, he went 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA, averaging 96.6 pitches per game and 15.6 pitches per inning. Struck out 29 batters in 31 innings, with a WHIP (walks allowed per inning) of 1.19. All the metrics say Peña is an ace. It’s hard not to envy Pedi, who went 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA in the period.
Peña’s struggles in April were severe. In five starts, he failed to go six innings once. Twice he was pulled after just four innings. In that span, he went 1-3 with a 5.48 ERA.
He had a good start to the game, but suddenly collapsed in the fourth and fifth innings. He would lose his focus and collapse when a defensive error or something else happened. With Smith out and Peña struggling, things took a turn for the worst for Hanwha.
In May, as Peña settled in, the starting line-up stabilised.
It remains to be seen if Peña can quench Hanwha’s thirst for a foreign ace, but there is hope.