‘The First Way Again’ KIA’s Yang Hyun-jong extends his 170-inning streak to nine seasons
Yang Hyun-jong (35) of the KIA Tigers has been the centerpiece of their starting staff this year. He finished the first half with a 5-5 record in 16 games (90.1 innings) and a 3.79 ERA. Together with Lee Yi-ri (16 games – 73 innings), he made the most starts on the team in the first half, and was the only pitcher to go over 90 innings.
Yang Hyun-jong, one of KIA’s most popular pitchers, has been among the league’s top performers in the ‘innings pitched’ category every season. As the league’s leading ‘innings eater’, he holds the league’s first record of ‘170 innings pitched in eight consecutive seasons’.
Excluding the 2021 season, when he was in the Major Leagues, Yang reached the 170-inning plateau in eight consecutive seasons from 2014 to 2022. Last year, he pitched 175.1 innings, showing that he’s still going strong in his mid-30s.
Only Yang Hyun-jong has pitched 170 innings in eight consecutive seasons since the inception of baseball in 1982. Jung Min-tae (now a SPOTV commentator) pitched 170 innings in seven consecutive seasons, but Yang is the only pitcher to have pitched 170 innings in eight consecutive seasons.
As Yang continues to cruise this season, there is a lot of interest in whether or not he can achieve the ninth consecutive season of 170 innings pitched. If Yang pitches at least 79.2 innings in the second half of the season, he will become the first to do so since last year.
In a 144-game season, KBO ace-level starters typically get around 30 starts a season. If Yang Hyun-jong continues to rotate through the starting rotation as consistently as he did in the first half of the year, he should easily reach the 170-inning plateau this season.
With a tight race for the middle of the pack this season, KIA will need to continue their strong second half to challenge for a spot in the Fall League. The team will continue to rely on Yang Hyun-jong, who has been solid throughout the first half of the season. Yang will need to be the centerpiece of the starting lineup in the second half.온라인바카라
If he can become the first pitcher to reach 170 innings for nine consecutive seasons, he’ll also achieve another significant milestone. It would be the third 2300-inning season in KBO history. Through the first half of this season, Yang has pitched 2,251.2 career innings. Until last year, only Song Jin-woo and Jung Min-cheol (both of the Hanwha Eagles) had pitched more than 2,300 innings in the KBO.