Ryu Hyun-jin’s 5th attempt at his 4th win
‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) attempts to achieve 4 wins of the season for the 5th time. Toronto, which urgently needs to advance to the postseason, also desperately needs a win.
Ryu Hyun-jin will start the 2023 Major League Baseball Tampa Bay Rays game held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA at 5:10 a.m. on the 24th (Korean time).
Ryu Hyun-jin, who returned to the big leagues last month after over a year of rehabilitation after undergoing elbow ligament joint surgery (Tommy John surgery) last year, played with 3 wins and 1 loss in 5 games in August.
Even in September, the pitching content was not bad, but the winning luck did not follow. Against the Colorado Rockies on the 2nd (5 innings, 2 runs, no decision), against the Oakland Athletics on the 7th (5 innings, 2 runs, a loss), against the Texas Rangers on the 13th (6 innings, 3 runs, a loss), and on the 18th against the Boston Red Sox (4⅔ innings, no runs). Until the no decision), they were unable to achieve a win in 4 consecutive games.
Ryu Hyun-jin aims to achieve his 4th win of the season once again on this day against Tampa Bay.
As we enter the end of the season, every game is important for Toronto.
Toronto, with a record of 85 wins and 68 losses as of the 22nd, is aiming to advance to the postseason as an American League wild card. Currently, Tampa Bay (94 wins, 60 losses) has confirmed its advancement to the postseason as the number one wild card player, and three teams, including Toronto, Seattle Mariners, and Texas, are competing closely for the remaining two spots.
One of the three teams is destined not to play fall baseball, so each game is a life-or-death situation. Just as Ryu Hyun-jin wants his fourth win of the season, Toronto also desperately needs Ryu Hyun-jin’s good pitching.
Tampa Bay, which Ryu Hyun-jin will face, is the team that boasts the second-highest winning percentage in the American League. In the same district as the Baltimore Orioles (95 wins, 58 losses), they failed to win the district despite having a winning percentage of over .600, but they were confirmed to advance to the postseason early on.
The two-stroke balance is ideal, but batting especially stands out. This season’s team OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) is 0.772, ranking 4th among the 30 major league teams, and the team’s home runs are also 5th with 217.
Among batters, there are many players who have one-shot long hits. Although there is no ‘big hitter’ who has exceeded 30 home runs, there are 5 people who have recorded more than 20 home runs, and a whopping 10 people have hit double-digit home runs.
Among them, Isaac Paredes, who is recording 29 home runs, the most home runs in the team, is the number one person to watch out for. Randy Arozarena (23 home runs) and Yandy Diaz (20 home runs) are also leading the team’s batting lineup, and Brandon Rowe (21 home runs) has a low batting average, but he has one shot and should be watched out for.
Josh Rowe, who has 75 RBIs, also shows concentration when given a chance. This is Tampa Bay’s lineup without the so-called ‘batting lineup to rest on’.
Meanwhile, Ryu Hyun-jin has appeared against Tampa Bay five times in total, but has never recorded a win or loss. He had a good ERA of 2.55 in 5 games. For Ryu Hyun-jin, this is a pitch where he can aim for his 5th win of the season and his first win against Tampa Bay.
His last appearance against Tampa Bay was on May 15 last year, when he left the mound after allowing 1 run in 4⅔ innings.