Ryu Hyun-jin’s next game appearance may be his last with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Ryu Hyun-jin will start the game against Tampa Bay scheduled to be held at Rogers Center, his home stadium, on the 30th (Korean time). Toronto’s regular season concludes on October 2nd. In this situation, Ryu Hyun-jin plans to end the season with an appearance against Tampa Bay.온라인바카라
As of the 25th, Toronto is in second place in the American League wild card race with 87 wins and 69 losses (0.558 winning percentage). The first place in the American League Wild Card has been confirmed by Tampa Bay, which has 95 wins and 62 losses. In the end, Toronto moves forward to maintain second place.
Toronto is 2 games behind the 3rd place Houston Astros and 2.5 games behind 4th place Seattle, but has the best chance of advancing to the postseason. In particular, with 7 wins and 3 losses in the last 10 games, Toronto is receiving a better rating than Houston and Seattle, which are mired in three consecutive losses.
However, the local media is assessing that Ryu Hyun-jin is unlikely to pitch in the postseason. The Canadian media Toronto Sun said the previous day (25th), “Starting pitchers like Gausman, Bassett, and Berrios have the ability to handle 6 innings,” and added, “Gausman is expected to be the starter in the first game of the wild card. Tampa Bay, the final game of the season. He predicted, “Ryu Hyun-jin and Kikuchi Yusei will appear in the match, and the two players will not appear in the Wild Card, the first post-season series.”
According to the media, if Toronto confirms advancement to the postseason before the final game of the season, it is expected to form a starting rotation for the wild card series with the existing starting rotation of Gausman, Berrios, and Bassett. Accordingly, Ryu Hyun-jin will not participate in Toronto’s first postseason series.
It is a disappointing result for Ryu Hyun-jin, who has a lot of experience advancing to the postseason. This is because he has posted a total of 5 postseason seasons (2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020) and is posting good results with 3 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 4.54 in 9 games (41.2 innings).
Also, not pitching in the postseason could have a negative impact on Ryu Hyun-jin, who will become eligible for free agency at the end of this season. Previously, Ryu Hyun-jin signed a four-year contract worth a total of $80 million with Toronto before the 2020 season. In the 2020 season, the first year after moving to Toronto, Ryu Hyun-jin pitched in 12 games and posted an average ERA of 2.69 with 5 wins and 2 losses. He was unable to play in many games due to COVID-19, but his performance was decent.
Then, in the 2021 season, he played with 14 wins, 10 losses, and an average ERA of 4.37. However, in the 2022 season, due to the aftermath of an elbow injury, the average ERA was 5.67 with 2 wins and no losses in 6 games, and this season, he pitched 49 innings in 10 games and recorded 3 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 3.31, leaving behind disappointing results.
Accordingly, the game against Tampa Bay, which could be the last game in Toronto, has become more important. Ryu Hyun-jin, who has yet to win against Tampa Bay in his major league career, performed poorly in his previous appearance, an away game against Tampa Bay on the 23rd, allowing 7 hits (3 home runs) and 5 runs in 4.1 innings.
More and more attention is being paid to the results of his performance against Tampa Bay in order to escape the poor performance shown in his previous appearance, as a link to the team’s advancement to the postseason, and to secure Ryu Hyun-jin’s personal free agent contract.