Kim Kwang-hyun 161 wins, Yang Hyun-jong 168 wins…18 years of competition for a friend who was born in 1988

Kim Kwang-hyun started the home game against the Kiwoom Heroes of the “2024 Shinhan Solbank KBO League” at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 10th and became a winning pitcher.

On the day, Kim garnered his third win in this season by pitching hard, allowing four hits (one homer) and one walk, six strikeouts and two runs in six innings. His ERA for this season was lowered to 2.75.

Kim Kwang-hyun, who played in 360 games in the KBO league and recorded 161 wins, tied for third in the multiple wins category along with Jung Min-cheol (retired). He is gradually narrowing the gap with Yang Hyeon-jong (168 wins), who is ranking second in the history.

Kim Kwang-hyun and Yang Hyun-jong both debuted in the KBO League in 2007 after graduating from high school, and are leading the starting lineup even at a fairly young age. Both players also have experience in Major League Baseball (MLB). 스포츠토토

Kim Kwang-hyun, who made his debut with the SK Wyverns in 2007, started the match against the undisputed Kia Tigers on May 13 of the same year and won for the first time. Since then, he has been reborn as a Korean left-hander ace, winning more than 10 games over a total of 10 seasons, including four consecutive double-digit wins from 2013 to 2016. He has 17 wins (2010, 2019) as his most wins in a single season.

After winning 100 games against the NC Dinos in Munhak on April 24, 2016, Kim Kwang-hyun surpassed 160 wins this year. His batting average for four games this year is 0.183, and his WHIP is 1.07, which is the highest in the league. He is still throwing fastballs with a maximum speed of 150 kilometers.

Kim Kwang-hyun, who still has skills, is surpassing 170 wins and “200 wins in his dream.”

Yang has no victory this year (1 loss, 4.32 ERA). However, he can still throw fastballs over 145 kilometers, sharpening the angle of slider and change-up.

Yang Hyun-jong, who has played in 487 games in his career, is the closest to 200 wins after Song Jin-woo (retired, 210 wins), the most winning pitcher in the KBO League history.

Yang Hyun-jong has accumulated wins at a rapid pace, winning 100 games in the 2017 season and 150 games as the youngest in the 2022 season since his first win against the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon on September 29, 2007.

In particular, in the 2017 season, when KIA won the championship, it won 20 games, recording the most wins among individuals, while also winning the top spot in multiple wins and MVP in the regular season.

Yang has recorded 166 out of 168 wins as the starting pitcher, beating Song Jin-woo (163 starting pitcher) to rank No. 1 in this category.

Yang, who played 2,349 innings in total, will become the second-most in innings in history, beating Jung Min-chul (2,394 ⅔ innings) if he adds 46 more innings.

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