‘RYU shoulders are heavy’ Commander’s tone has changed, Toronto is a real crisis

Ryu Hyun-jin (36-Toronto Blue Jays)먹튀검증 has a heavy weight on his shoulders. The team’s losing streak is getting longer. He needs to be the streak stopper.

The Blue Jays fell 2-5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday (Feb. 26) at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The loss snapped a three-game losing streak for Toronto. They are fourth in the wild card race.

The Jays jumped out to an early lead. George Springer led off the second inning with a solo shot.

The celebration was short-lived. The Jays immediately gave the lead back. Bo Naylor hit a tying solo homer in the third, and Ramon Loriano gave up a two-run shot in the top of the fourth. Then, in the top of the sixth, Loriano doubled again to make it 4-1.

Toronto rallied with a solo home run by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the bottom of the sixth, but an Andres Jimenez blast in the eighth put the game out of reach.

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Manager John Schneider./Getty Images Korea

Toronto starter Chris Bassitt struggled, allowing four runs on seven hits (two homers) with three walks and five strikeouts in 5⅔ innings. Bassitt pitched well in a three-game sweep in August, but it was painful to see him struggle when it mattered most.

With the loss, Toronto failed to close the gap on the Houston Astros for the third wild-card berth into fall baseball. It’s a 1.5-game gap.

The Jays started a 15-game road trip and lost their first game. They have a long road ahead of them, and they’re off to a bad start.

As MLB.com put it, “After the loss to Baltimore (23, 0-7), Toronto manager John Schneider made it clear that a bigger crisis was at hand, and his tone was different.”

On the 27th, Ryu starts. A heavy shoulder. Since returning from injury, Ryu has been doing his part. In four games, he’s 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA. Although his velocity is down, he’s using his fastball to keep hitters at bay. 

Next up is Cleveland. Cleveland was his second opponent after his return on August 8. On that occasion, Ryu pitched four perfect innings before an injury forced him to leave the mound early. He was hit in the right knee by a hard hit ball. Luckily, it wasn’t a major injury.

In his last two starts, he threw five scoreless innings against the Chicago Cubs on April 14 and the Cincinnati Reds on April 21.

Toronto will be counting on Ryu to continue to pitch well. Based on his last two outings, on the 26th and the 26th of this month, it’s safe to assume that he’ll provide solid run support. It will be interesting to see if Ryu can keep Toronto’s fall baseball hopes alive.

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Ryu Hyun-jin./Getty Images Korea

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