Ryu Hyun-jin is aiming for his fourth win of the season on August 18 against Boston
Left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin (36-Toronto Blue Jays) will take the mound to try to save his team from its biggest crisis on the threshold of “fall baseball.
The Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB) announced today that Hyun-jin Ryu will be the starting pitcher for the Blue Jays’ home opener against the Boston Red Sox at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 18 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Hyun-jin Ryu will make his ninth start of the season and attempt to reach four wins for the fourth time.
Toronto dropped four games to the Texas Rangers at home from Dec. 12-15 to fall into the fourth wild-card spot in the American League.
Rising above Toronto, Texas moved into the second wild-card spot, while simultaneously closing to within a half-game of the first-place Houston Astros in the American League West for a postseason berth.
With the Tampa Bay Rays holding onto the top wild-card spot and the Seattle Mariners in the AL West in second and third place, Toronto will need to turn things around against Boston to keep their postseason hopes alive.
The postseason features the three district winners in each league, plus the first through third wild cards, which have a higher winning percentage. Toronto is 1.5 games behind Seattle for the third wild card.
The pressure is also on Ryu, who has pitched relatively well in his three starts since sacrificing the Cleveland Indians for his third win on May 27, but has lost two of them due to poor hitting.
However, in his last outing, on April 13 against Texas, he recorded his first quality start of the season (six innings or more and three earned runs or less), so it will be interesting to see if he can continue his upward trend against Boston.
Ryu, who is 3-3 with a 2.93 ERA this season in his return from a year-long surgery to repair ligaments in his left elbow, needs two more wins in his remaining three regular-season starts, including one against Boston, to reach 80 wins in MLB.
He’ll need to avoid the long ball to get the win, 카지노사이트넷 as he’s allowed a home run in each of his last four starts.