Ryu Hyun-jin, Who was Delayed a Day from his Appearance on the Mound,
‘Won’ the Game with a Chance to Advance to Toronto Post Season
Regular season ends with Tampa Bay on October 1st
‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin (36), who is about to end his four-year contract with his team,
the Toronto Blue Jays, took the opportunity to clear his debt.
Ryu Hyun-jin will start the Tampa Bay Race match to be held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 1st of next month (Korean time).
He was originally scheduled to appear in the game on the 30th,
but was pushed back by a day in order to effectively use the mound when Toronto advances to the postseason. 카지노사이트원
Yusei Kikuchi, who took the mound as a starter instead of Ryu Hyun-jin that day,
lasted 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, and 3 runs, and Toronto won 11-4.
Due to the adjustment of the pitch date,
Ryu Hyun-jin was able to go on the mound at an even more important moment.
Currently ranked second in the American League wild card with 89 wins and 71 losses,
the ‘magic number’ for Toronto to advance to the postseason is only 1.
If they win just one of the two remaining games, or if Seattle loses just one game,
they will win the fall baseball ticket for the second year in a row.
If Ryu Hyun-jin, who had 3 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 3.31 in 10 starts in the regular season,
wins his 4th win of the season, Toronto will advance to the postseason on its own.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who entered the big leagues in 2013 and played for the Los Angeles Dodgers before signing a four-year contract with Toronto for a total of $80 million (about 108 billion won) in 2020,
has achieved only half of his success.
In 2020, which was a shortened season of 60 games due to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19),
he performed well with 5 wins, 2 losses, and an ERA of 2.69,
giving Toronto the right to advance to the postseason for the first time in four years.
2021 was a bit shaky with 14 wins, 10 losses, and an ERA of 4.37,
but he solidly guarded the mound for a season and became a mental pillar for young pitchers.
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However, he played in only six games last year, in the third year of his contract with Toronto, and returned in August of this year,
14 months after undergoing left elbow ligament fusion (Tommy John) surgery.
Even if Toronto advances to the postseason, it is highly likely that Ryu Hyun-jin will not play in the wild card series with 2 wins out of 3.
To put it bluntly, he is currently in the 4th to 5th starting position on the team,
so it is difficult to guarantee whether he will have a chance to start even in the division series where he wins 3 out of 5 games.
This is a golden opportunity for Ryu Hyun-jin, who will enter the free agent market after completing his contract with Toronto at the end of this season, to reap the beauty of his kind.