Pedi's challenge to achieve 20 wins and a 1-point ERA at the same time also turned on the red light. Pedi, who had 14 wins until July, had only two wins in six games in August. He is still at a pace where he can aim for 20 wins, but it is unclear whether he will re-enter the 1-point ERA.
Pedi lost his ERA lead and fell to third place. Doosan Bears' Raul Alcantara, who has a 2.25 ERA, rose to first place.
Alcantara competed fiercely with Pedi, Kiwoom Heroes Ahn Woo-jin and LG Twins' Adam Plutko in June, but was relegated to a 4.18 ERA in four games in July. However, he took the lead with a 1.85 ERA in five games in August.
Ahn Woo-jin, who ranked first in ERA (2.11) last year, is currently in second place with 2.39.
Although he finished the season with reconstruction of the inner ligament of the elbow (Tommy John Surgery), he has already passed the regulation innings. If competitors suffer ups and downs, they can aim for two consecutive ERA.
Plutko, who ranks fourth in ERA (2.41), was diagnosed with pelvic bone contusion on the 29th of last month. It takes four to five weeks to return, so he can return at the end of the season, but there is a question mark on his pitching condition.
Ko Young-pyo, who lowered his ERA to 2.45 by making a quality start (more than six innings and less than three earned runs) in 12 consecutive games, slipped significantly against Kiwoom in Gocheok on the 1st.
He allowed six runs while hitting eight hits, including one home run, in five innings. His ERA rose to 2.74 and fell to sixth place.