Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin (36) showed off his best pitching by recording a quality start in 480 days after returning from Tommy John surgery. But his teammates couldn’t help. As the team’s batting lineup fell silent, he became the losing pitcher. Local voices are also criticizing Toronto’s batting lineup.메이저사이트
Ryu Hyun-jin started the home match against the Texas Rangers in the 2023 Major League Baseball League held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 13th (Korean time) and allowed 82 pitches, 5 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, and 3 runs in 6 innings. He recorded his first quality start after returning from surgery, but suffered his third loss of the season. His earned run average rose from 2.65 to 2.93.
Before the game on the 13th, Toronto was ranked 2nd in the American League wild card, but was 0.5 games behind Texas and 1 game behind the Seattle Mariners. Ryu Hyun-jin’s shoulders were heavy. Ryu Hyun-jin clearly did his part. However, the team’s batting lineup was disappointing.
The Texas lineup that faced Ryu Hyun-jin that day is a team with powerful offense. In team batting average (0.267), it ranks 2nd among 30 major league teams, and its OPS of 0.793 ranks 3rd. In particular, all of these categories rank first in the American League.
Like this, against Kangta-seon, who is said to be the best in the American League, Ryu Hyun-jin completely blocked the pitch until the third inning. He showed off his unique blade control.
Episode 4 was disappointing. He was hit with a cutter by Robbie Grossman, which led to a two-run home run. This home run was the fourth consecutive home run from the Cleveland Guardians (2 home runs) on the 27th of last month to this day’s game.
Still, Ryu Hyun-jin, who had only thrown 62 balls through the 5th inning, minimizing runs allowed, was on the mound in the 6th inning as well. It was his first appearance in the sixth inning since returning from surgery. Although the results were disappointing, the outcome was Quality Start Pitching. He hit a double to leadoff hitter Seager and struck out Grossman, but he hit again to Garber on the follow-up, putting him in danger on first and third base. He induced a fly ball to Haim and it became a sacrifice fly, allowing 1 run, but finished with 3 runs in 6 innings.
Toronto made up for 2 runs in the 7th inning and 1 run in the 9th after Ryu Hyun-jin went down, but lost 3-6 and suffered two consecutive losses. Despite Ryu Hyun-jin’s good pitching, Toronto was in the worst situation. According to the results of today’s game, Toronto is now in third place, 0.5 games behind Texas. We have to win all of the remaining two games.
In Canada, they pointed out the batting line that failed to help Ryu Hyun-jin. In particular, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s sluggishness was pointed out.
The Toronto Sun said in an article titled ‘What Happened to Guerrero Jr.’, “Now is the time when Toronto needs a marquee hitter. It’s September. Especially the series against Texas. It’s the most urgent and important time to play baseball.” He pointed out, “Guerrero Jr. needs to do it. He needs to hit something big.”
However, Guerrero Jr. was silent in both games against Texas. He went 0-for-4 in two games in a row. Especially on this day, he struck out three times.
The media said, “In a mixed lineup of veterans, young players, and call-up players, Guerrero Jr. must be different. However, hits came from Schneider, Biggio, and Horwitz,” and then added, “Guerrero Jr. has a batting average of only 0.214 in September.” “It’s understandable that Bichette can’t hit right now. He probably recovered quickly from his injury. Brandon Belt is back on the injured list. But Guerrero Jr. hasn’t done anything.”
The Toronto Star also said, “The result was not what Toronto wanted, but the loss on this day cannot be blamed solely on Ryu Hyun-jin,” and “It was Ryu Hyun-jin’s first quality start since May 20, 2022. Ryu Hyun-jin’s ERA after pitching 35 innings this season “He is recording an impressive figure of 2.93,” he said, expressing regret over the silence of the batting lineup.