In the recent race to advance to the major league postseason (PS), the Seattle Mariners are unstoppable. With 17 hits in 4 games and all-star outfielder Julio Rodriguez, who has improved his sense of hitting, he sprinted to a six-game winning streak. Based on this, he has risen to 3rd place in the American League Wild Card, which is the last line to advance to fall baseball. It is 0.5 games behind the second place Houston Astros.먹튀검증
Although not as good as Seattle, the fourth-place team in the wild card race also has rosy expectations. It is the Toronto Blue Jays where Ryu Hyun-jin (36) is playing.
Toronto, which has endured the hurdles since the end of July, prepares for a counterattack based on a stable rotation and a lineup of injured players.
Toronto finished with 9 wins and 8 losses in 17 consecutive games that have been played without rest days since the end of July. Due to the forced march schedule, there was an uneasy factor of injuries and players’ fatigue accumulation.
Toronto took two days off last week. I found time to reorganize my team power. Starting with Bo Bisset, players who suffered from big and small injuries such as Matt Chapman, Kevin Kiermeier, George Springer, and Danny Jansen returned one by one.
Above all, it was good news for Toronto that Ryu Hyun-jin proved his good skills during this period. In an away game against Cincinnati held in Cincinnati, USA on the 21st (Korean time), Ryu Hyun-jin led Toronto’s 10-3 victory with a good pitching of 5 innings, 7 strikeouts and 2 runs (no charge).
Toronto continued its streak of hope without being pushed out of the American League wild card race by finishing the week’s five games with 3 wins and 2 losses.
With the return of key players, the Toronto lineup, which has come closer to a full lineup, boasted terrifying firepower by hitting 5 home runs against Cincinnati. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. suffered a finger injury during the match, but it is known that it is minor.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who joined the 17-game series, started 4 games and recorded an average ERA of 1.89 with 2 wins and 1 loss. His performance is so dazzling that it is hard to believe that it is the result of a 5th starter who joined late. Toronto won three of the four games Hyun-jin Ryu started.
As Ryu Hyun-jin regains his former form, Toronto’s starting lineup feels remarkably strong.
The Toronto starting lineup, with Kevin Gaussman, Jose Berrios, Chris Bassitt, Japanese pitcher Yusei Kikuchi and Ryu Hyun-jin, combined for an ERA of 2.57 and an on-base percentage per inning (WHIP) of 1.00 in five games last week.
Ace Gaussman faltered last week when he allowed seven runs against the Philadelphia Phillies, but he’s not the type of player to continue to struggle. Berrios and Bassett are veteran pitchers with a sense of stability. Kikuchi’s recent pace is good enough to record 2 wins and 1 loss with an ERA of 1.29 in 6 games in the second half.
Toronto now prepares for the next schedule with a more solid power.
Toronto takes a day off and faces the American League leader Baltimore Orioles from the 23rd. Toronto had only one win and three losses in four straight matches against Baltimore earlier this month. Ryu Hyun-jin also returned at this time and faced Baltimore and became a losing pitcher.
After a three-game series away from Baltimore, Toronto has a schedule that can’t be missed. They will play 15 games against teams that stay below .500 odds, including the Cleveland Guardians, Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals.
If you dramatically increase your win rate during this period, the competition to advance to fall baseball will become easier.
Ryu Hyun-jin is likely to start in the home game against Cleveland, which will be held at 4:07 am on Sunday, the 27th in Korean time.
Cleveland is the opponent Ryu Hyun-jin met in the second game after returning. He went 4 innings, 1 walk, no hits, and had a brilliant fight, but was replaced early after getting his knee hit by a ball hit by a batter. There were no aftereffects of the injury, and Ryu Hyun-jin took two starts in a row afterward and took the Toronto Electric Power to the finish line.