‘Strikeout leader’ Kiwoom Ahn Woo-jin “I want to do 200K for the second year in a row”

“No one’s ever done it two years in a row, right?”

Kiwoom Heroes’ Ahn Woo-jin, 24, finished the first half of this season with a 6-5 record and a 2.44 ERA in 17 games (107 innings). While her win total is down from last year’s 10 wins in the first half alone, she’s on pace for more in the strikeout department. He struck out 130 batters this season (1st), surpassing his 125 strikeouts in the first half of last year.스포츠토토

Ahn’s final record for the 2022 season was 15-8 with a 2.11 ERA in 30 games (196 innings). His 224 strikeouts were the second-most in a single season in KBO history, just one shy of the all-time record of 225 (Ariel Miranda of the 2021 Doosan Bears).

He dominated the strikeout category last year, and this year’s pace is even faster, so it will be interesting to see if he can break the record. However, Ahn is not focused on winning the strikeout title or setting a new record, but rather on striking out 200 batters in two consecutive seasons.

“I know that none of the seniors who have struck out 200 batters in the past have struck out 200 batters in two consecutive seasons. Since my pace this year is better than last year, I would like to achieve the record of 200 strikeouts in two consecutive years.”
Since the inception of professional baseball in 1982, only 11 pitchers have recorded 200 strikeouts in a season. Jang Myung-bu of the Sammi Superstars in 1983 (220), Choi Dong-won of the Lotte Giants from 1984-1986 (223-208), Kim Si-jin of the Samsung Lions in 1985 (201), Sun Dong-yeol of the Hattae Tigers from 1986-1988-1991 (214-200-210), and Jung Min-chul of the Hanwha Eagles in 1996 (203), 1996 Lotte Joo Hyung-kwang (221), 2001 SK Wyverns Fernando Hernandez (215), 2006-2012 Hanwha Ryu Hyun-jin (204-210), 2020 Lotte Dan Streeley (205), 2021 Doosan Miranda (225), and 2022 Kiwoom Ahn Woo-jin (224).

“I usually start around 30 games in a season, so I think I can get another 12-13 games in the second half of the season. At my current pace, I can easily reach 200 strikeouts,” said Ahn. “In the last three games of the first half, I gave up a lot of runs and my ERA went up a lot. In the second half, I hope to find my pace again and contribute to the team’s rebound.”

Ahn has her sights set on both team and individual achievements. It will be interesting to see if she can play a role in Kiwoom’s rebound in the second half of the season by striking out 200 batters for the second consecutive year.

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