Ryu Hyun-jin Aims for 4th Victory Against Oakland After Four Days Off

Ryu Hyun-jin Aims for Fourth Win Against Oakland Athletics After a Four-Day Break

The Toronto Blue Jays’ pitcher, Ryu Hyun-jin, will be taking the mound once again in an attempt to secure his fourth win of the season. The team announced him as the starting pitcher for their away game against the Oakland Athletics on September 4th. Despite undergoing his second elbow joint ligament surgery, Ryu Hyun-jin has been on an impressive winning streak since his return to the big leagues last month.

Except for a minor setback in June last year, Ryu Hyun-jin has been performing exceptionally well, dispelling any doubts surrounding his abilities. In each game, he has consistently pitched for at least 5 innings, showcasing his steady performance and exceptional control over his pitches.

Since his return, Ryu Hyun-jin has achieved a 3-1 record with an outstanding 2.48 ERA in 6 games. Notably, he led the team to victory in a challenging match against the Colorado Rockies, known for their tough batting lineup.

A Favorable Matchup

Oakland Athletics, with a disappointing season record of 42-95, occupies the bottom position in the American League (AL) West Division. Their team batting average of 0.224 and low team OPS reflects their struggles on the offensive side.

However, recent performances by Oakland have shown signs of improvement, with the team scoring 21 runs in their last three games against the Los Angeles Angels. Designated hitter Brent Rooker, who has hit 23 home runs this season, poses a threat to Ryu Hyun-jin, especially since he has been successful against left-handed pitchers.

The Athletics’ starting pitcher, JP Sears, has not shown impressive results this season with a record of 3-11 and a 4.60 ERA. This presents an opportunity for Ryu Hyun-jin to capitalize on the matchup and secure another victory.

Injuries Pose a Challenge

Ryu Hyun-jin faces challenges on the team front as well, with several key teammates out due to injuries. The absence of catcher Danny Jansen, Ryu’s trusted partner on the field, due to a broken finger, forces him to work with other catchers. This lack of chemistry could pose difficulties for Ryu, who heavily relies on the catcher’s leadership during the game.

Furthermore, the starting infielders Matt Chapman and Bo Bissett, who have been sidelined since last month, have not yet made their return. This creates an additional void in the team’s defense, increasing the pressure on Ryu Hyun-jin.

Seeking an Improving Performance

If Ryu Hyun-jin aims to secure a spot in the postseason, he must deliver outstanding performances in his remaining games. Currently, the Toronto Blue Jays are in a tight race with the Texas Rangers for a playoff spot.

Ryu Hyun-jin’s previous starts since his return have been conservatively managed, with a focus on his recovery from elbow surgery. However, fans and the team alike anticipate a longer outing from him against the Oakland Athletics, hoping that he can go beyond 6 innings and achieve a quality start.

Ryu Hyun-jin’s impact goes beyond his individual performance; he carries the responsibility of leading the Toronto Blue Jays to the postseason. With only a 1.5 game gap between them and the Texas Rangers, the upcoming game against Auckland is crucial for their playoff aspirations.

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Ryu Hyun-jin, challenge 4 wins against Oakland on the 7th… Four days off and sortie with a new gunner

Enter 2023.09.04 (10:43)

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Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays), who is on a winning streak even after having the second elbow joint ligament surgery in his life, will try again to win his 4th win of the season.

The Toronto team announced Ryu Hyun-jin as the starting pitcher for a visiting game against the Oakland Athletics of the American Major League Baseball (MLB), which will be held at the Oakland Coliseum in California, USA at 4:37 am on the 4th (time Korea) on the 4th (Korea time).

Ryu Hyun-jin, who was on the action board in June last year, returned to the big leagues last month and continues to fight hard every game, breaking the concerns around him.

Except for throwing only 4 innings after being hit by a ball in the game against the Cleveland Guardians on the 8th of last month, he cruises with responsibility for 5 innings in each game.

Upon his return, he went 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 6 games.

The pitching was also good. He showed his steady performance with his trademark awl control and various breaking balls.

On the 2nd, he led the team to victory by shutting down the Colorado Rockies batting line with 2 runs in 5 innings at Coors Field, known as the ‘graveyard of pitchers’. The fire in the bullpen did not make him a winning pitcher.

The outlook for Auckland is bright. Oakland is an underdog with a 42-95 record this season.

It remains at the bottom of the American League (AL) West Division, and the possibility of advancing to the postseason is gone.

Oakland is the lowest in the AL with a team batting average of 0.224 this season. Team OPS (on-base percentage + 0.670 slugging percentage) also in last place.

However, it is a concern that Oakland is in an atmosphere where the sense of hitting is revived, such as scoring 21 points in three consecutive games against the Los Angeles Angels recently.

The player to watch for is designated hitter Brent Rooker, who hit 23 home runs this season.

His hitting accuracy is a little off, but he has been strong against lefties this season. The batting average against left-handed pitchers (0.268) is higher than the average for right-handed pitchers (0.230).

Closer Jack Gelof’s batting sense has also been hot of late.

Oakland’s starting pitcher is left-hander JP Sears. He made his MLB debut last year, and his performance this season is 3-11 with a 4.60 ERA, which is not very good.

In many ways, it’s not a bad environment for Ryu Hyun-jin to win.

However, Ryu Hyun-jin has a problem with the fact that a series of teammates have left due to injuries.

In particular, since leading catcher Danny Jansen, his ‘best friend’, was recently placed on the disabled list (IL) due to a broken right middle finger, he has to work with other catchers.

Ryu Hyun-jin pitched 292 innings after moving to Toronto, 215⅓ of which were with Jansen.

Ryu Hyun-jin has to work with Alejandro Kirk or Tyler Heineman, but it’s demanding because he hasn’t had much experience working together.

He’s not a pitcher who threatens with pitches, but a player who struggles with different pitches, so the catcher’s leadership is important.

And that’s not all. Starting infielders Matt Chapman and Bo Bisset, who left last month with injuries, have yet to return.

It is not clear if he will return until the game against Auckland on the 7th.

As for Ryu Hyun-jin, a groundball judo pitcher, there is a large void between the two players.

It is also a problem that this is the first start after a four-day break after returning from injury. Ryu Hyun-jin climbed the mound after resting for more than five days.

Attention is also focused on whether he will be able to pitch more than 6 innings for the first time after returning from the game against Oakland.

Ryu Hyun-jin pitched only 5 innings in 5 of the 6 games he played upon his return and was replaced in the 6th inning. The number of plots has never been more than 90.

This is a measure taken by the Toronto club with elbow recovery in mind.

The last time Ryu Hyun-jin had a quality start (less than 3 runs in 6 innings) was against the Cincinnati Reds on May 21 last year (6 scoreless innings).

Ryu Hyun-jin also has the burden of throwing the ball at the intersection for Toronto on to the postseason.

Toronto won 7-5 against Colorado on the 4th, but the Texas Rangers, the third place team in the American League wild card, also won, maintaining a 1.5 game gap between the two teams.

To advance to the postseason, you must finish in the top 3 in the wild card. The Auckland game is a must catch game.

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