There has never been a day when I couldn’t throw 5 innings in 24 games. Kiwoom Heroes foreign starting pitcher Ariel Hurado (27) has become a new “Inning Eater” (a pitcher who throws many innings) in the KBO League 스포츠토토.
As of the 29th, Hurado has started 24 games and played a total of 149 innings. That’s 6.2 innings per game. Surprisingly, the minimum number of innings played in 24 games is 5 innings. The most innings digested was 8.2 innings recorded against Doosan on June 24.
Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki said of Hurado, “The pitch itself has been a very good pitcher since spring camp. However, I was concerned about that because he had a history of surgery, but as a third starter, he fulfilled his duties all season.”
As of the 29th, Hurado is digesting the second most innings this season after Alcantara (Doosan)’s 152.1 innings. The number of innings per game is equivalent to 6.2 innings of Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom), the same team famous for inning eaters.
Another thing Director Hong picked as one of Hurado’s strengths is its ‘learning ability’. Coach Hong said, “At the beginning of the season, Hurado had difficulty seeing domestic batters easily and pitching. But as he played game after game, he got smarter. I expect him to show a good figure until the end of the season.”
Hurado has an average ERA of 2.84 this season, but is recording 8 wins and 8 losses. He threw well, but was not lucky enough to win. Coach Hong even said, “It’s a pity that I couldn’t take care of many wins.”
He said that Kiwoom’s bullpen was already overloaded. However, if Hurado shows the ‘Inning Eater’ aspect until the end of the season, Kiwoom’s bullpen can also take a break. It remains to be seen whether Hurado will surpass Alcantara and play the most innings.