Ryu Hyun-jin to try for 3 wins against Cleveland on Sunday…can he go 90 pitches?
The “Korean Monster,” Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays), is looking for his third win of the season after returning from injury.
The Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB) announced today (Aug. 25) the schedule for Hyun-jin Ryu’s next start.
Hyun-jin Ryu will take the mound for the Blue Jays against the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 27 at 4:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The outlook is bright. After undergoing ligament splicing surgery on his left elbow last June and rehabbing for more than a year, Ryu has been at the top of his game since his return, dispelling any doubters.
He struggled a bit in his comeback against the Baltimore Orioles on April 2, giving up four runs in five innings, but followed that up with a near-perfect four-hit shutout against Cleveland on April 8.
However, Ryu didn’t get the win as he was hit in the leg by a pitch in the fourth inning.
In his next two starts after the injury, he pitched five innings of two-run ball against the Chicago Cubs on April 14 and five innings of four-run ball against the Cincinnati Reds on April 21.
Ryu is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA on the year.
His fastball sits in the low 140s, well below the MLB average, but he uses it to cook hitters with an awe-inspiring “awl” delivery.
His slow curveball in the low 100s has been particularly effective, with local media raving about it.
Ryu will look to keep the momentum going and get his third win of the season.
The matchup is not bad. Cleveland is not a daunting opponent. As of the 25th, they are 60-68 with a .469 winning percentage.
Cleveland’s batting average is down significantly.
In particular, over the past month, their team OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) is .647, which ranks last out of 15 teams in the American League (AL). The team also ranks last in team home runs over the past month with 17.
There are no standout hitters. In their last seven games, no player has a triple-digit batting average in regulation.
Outfielder Cole Calhoun, who is batting .263 with two home runs and four RBIs in his last five games, and first baseman Gabriel Arias, who is batting .292, are the only ones to watch.
However, Calhoun has struggled against left-handed pitching this season and could be out of the starting lineup.
The Cleveland offense also lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 25, scoring just one run.
The pitching environment isn’t bad, but Ryu will have a lot on his plate.
As of the 25th, Toronto is in third place in the AL East with a 70-58 record and a .547 winning percentage.
They are 9.5 games behind first-place Baltimore, so they will need to make a run at the wild card if they want to make the postseason.
Toronto is 1.5 games behind the Houston Astros for the third AL wild card. Any further losses could end their fall baseball hopes.
Opponent selection is also tricky. Cleveland is slated to start right-hander Logan Allen, who has pitched well this season with a 6-6 record and 3.31 ERA.
In four starts since August, Allen is 2-2 with a 1.96 ERA.
If the game turns into a pitcher’s duel, he may have to throw a lot of pitches.
Ryu hasn’t thrown more than 90 pitches since returning from injury. He hasn’t taken the mound since the sixth inning. 먹튀검증토토사이트 This is due to a benching decision made to protect the player.