Toronto Blue Jays Ryu Hyun-jin meets his strongest opponent after returning.
Ryu Hyun-jin will start the home game against the Texas Rangers at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada at 8:07 a.m. on the 13th and try again for his fourth win of the season.
Texas is the team with the strongest offense among the teams Ryu Hyun-jin has faced this year.
On the 12th, Texas defeated Toronto starter Chris Bassett (5 ⅓ innings, 9 hits, 5 runs)바카라 early on, winning 10-4, and is in good spirits as it takes the first game of this four-game series.
As of today, they are ranked 2nd in the American League (AL) West Division and 3rd in the Wild Card with 79 wins and 64 losses. Toronto is 3rd in the AL East and 2nd in the wild card with 80 wins and 64 losses. The difference between the two teams is 0.5 games. If Toronto loses, the rankings change. The team’s postseason fate rests on Ryu Hyun-jin’s shoulders.
Moreover, the Texas starter is veteran Max Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner. He pitched 147⅓ innings in 26 games this season, recording 12 wins and 6 losses, an ERA of 3.91, and 172 strikeouts. After transferring from the New York Mets to Texas, he pitched 39⅔ innings in 7 games, posting 3 wins and 2 losses, an ERA of 3.63, and 51 strikeouts. In particular, his ‘salty pitching’ is impressive, with a hitting percentage of 0.175 after his transfer.
On the 7th, against the Houston Astros, he faced Justin Verlander and pitched the worst, hitting 3 home runs and allowing 7 runs in 3 innings, but it is hard to deny that he is the undisputed ace of Texas and the strongest ace in Major League Baseball. This year’s annual salary is 43.33 million dollars, ranking first overall.
Texas ranks first in the AL in team runs scored (787), team batting average (0.267), team on-base percentage (0.338), team slugging percentage (0.455), and team OPS (0.793). The team ranks 5th with 202 home runs, but is only 7 behind first place LA Angels (209). It can be seen as the team with the strongest offense in the AL.
The point of view is the match against table setters Marcus Simien and Corey Seager. In particular, Seager, who was also Ryu Hyun-jin’s assistant during his time with the LA Dodgers, is enjoying a ‘career high’ with a batting average of 0.337, 30 home runs, 88 RBI, 77 runs, and an OPS of 1.049. His OPS is at a level that surpasses that of AL leader Shohei Ohtani (1.066).
If he can block this Texas batting lineup, Ryu Hyun-jin’s value could rise further. In his last seven appearances, Ryu Hyun-jin has never been able to complete six innings. Of course, there is no quality start. He may solidify his image as a 5th inning pitcher. Even if he is not an ‘inning eater’, he needs to show stamina and pitch by throwing 6 innings.
It depends on how much coach John Schneider believes in Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitch and pushes it. Coach Schneider recently received a lot of criticism for failing to replace pitchers in a game in which Ryu Hyun-jin pitched. Ryu Hyun-jin, who threw 76 pitches until the 5th inning against the Colorado Rockies on the 2nd, already handed the mound to Garcia in the 6th inning with a 4-2 lead. As soon as Garcia came out in the 6th inning, he gave up 2 hits in a row and retired with 2 outs, and the next pitcher, Genesis Cabrera, hit a comeback 3-run home run.
In the game against the Oakland Athletics on the 7th, Ryu Hyun-jin, who had thrown 77 balls until the 5th inning, was replaced by Trevor Richards in the 6th inning, but gave up a 3-run home run and lost.
It is unknown how many pitches Manager Schneider will limit this time, but if Ryu Hyun-jin manages the game as effectively as he did in his previous appearances, there is a high possibility that he will allow him to throw close to 90 pitches.
If he raises his first QS against the AL’s strongest offensive team and the current strongest ace, his free agent value will naturally rise.