“I made a comprehensive judgment.”
Toronto Blue Jays Ryu Hyun-jin started the 2023 Major League Baseball match against the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 18th (Korean time) and pitched for 4⅔ innings. He pitched 83 pitches, allowing 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and no runs.안전놀이터
Looking at the content of the pitch alone, it seemed like he was watching a match against the Baltimore Orioles, who were returning from Tommy John surgery. At that time, Ryu Hyun-jin suffered a loss in his return game, allowing as many as 9 hits and 4 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings. But it didn’t take long for him to regain his best form.
Ryu Hyun-jin made his second appearance of the season against the Cleveland Guardians and showed off his ability by pitching 4 innings with no hits. And in a match against the Chicago Cubs, he allowed 2 runs (unearned) in 5 innings, enjoying a thrilling victory for the first time in 444 days. He also defeated Cleveland, which met again with the Cincinnati Reds, for his third consecutive win.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who had his best month with 3 wins, 1 loss, and an ERA of 2.25, continued his good trend in September. He allowed 2 runs in 5 innings at Coors Field, the home stadium of the Colorado Rockies, who had poor performance throughout his career, and pitched 2 runs in 5 innings until the match against the Oakland Athletics. And in his previous appearance, he had the pleasure of getting a quality start (less than 3 earned runs in 6 innings) against the Texas Rangers, who ranked first in batting in the American League.
Despite his excellent pitching, if he had any regrets, it was that he failed to achieve victory in all three appearances in September. And this trend continued on the 18th. However, as mentioned earlier, Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitching that day was unstable. This is why he threw out as many as 8 runners with 6 hits and 2 walks. Nevertheless, being able to prevent 4⅔ innings without allowing any runs was a highlight of his ‘crisis management ability’.
The defense was of great help in the early part of the game on this day. In the first inning, right fielder Cavan Biggio made a ‘super diving catch’ after leadoff hitter Sedan Raffaello hit a hit, and in the second inning, when the second and third basemen were in danger of giving up a run with no outs, shortstop Bo Bichette was not the batter’s runner, but Rafael Devers sprinted home. By erasing the , he put strength on Ryu Hyun-jin’s shoulders. Ryu Hyun-jin also responded perfectly to the help of the fielders.
Ryu Hyun-jin got off to a shaky start in the third inning with two hits, but with no outs on second and third base, he quickly accumulated outs with a shallow fly ball and a ground ball to third base, ending the inning with no runs. He induced a double play at second base and continued his scoreless cruise. However, it was unfortunate that he did not make it past the 5th inning.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who had been on the verge of giving up runs in every inning in the 2nd to 4th inning after recording a three-way error in the 1st inning, allowed a hit and a walk in the 5th inning as well, putting himself in danger with 2 outs and runners on first and second base. Considering the content of the previous pitch, there was a high probability of overcoming the crisis this time, but Toronto took a quick move with Adam Duvall’s at-bat, who had hit a double against Ryu Hyun-jin early in the game.
What was the reason for forcing Ryu Hyun-jin, who had recorded 4⅔ innings of scoreless innings despite numerous crises, into an early decision? After the game, Toronto coach John Schneider was asked, “Was the reason for replacing Ryu Hyun-jin because of allowing many runners and strong hits?” to which he responded, “Boston deployed seven right-handed hitters. Ryu Hyun-jin tried to overcome the crisis. He started by saying, “This is something Ryu Hyun-jin can do.”
Considering everything, including the crisis of allowing runs in four consecutive innings, the highest number of pitches since returning to the major leagues being only 86 pitches, and the outcome of the game, Ryu Hyun-jin’s replacement was reasonable. The headquarters also considered this comprehensively. Coach Schneider added, “Ryu Hyun-jin can throw the ball in a (crisis) situation, but we judged his pitch count and what he showed in previous innings comprehensively.”
However, going down the mound with only one out left until the victory requirement was met was a decision that was bound to be regrettable for the fans and Ryu Hyun-jin. However, Ryu Hyun-jin expressed his calm feelings in an interview with local media after the game ended, saying, ‘The player must accept it.’
America’s ‘CBS Sports’ praised Ryu Hyun-jin for “showing a stable presence” after his start against Boston, and MLB.com’s Toronto manager Keegan Mathieson said, “Ryu Hyun-jin sent out a few runners and provided some help (on defense). He said, “Ryu Hyun-jin’s return is very valuable considering the limited starting rotation due to Alec Manoa’s poor performance.”
Meanwhile, Toronto will take a one-day break on the 19th and then resume competition for the American League wild card game starting on the 20th. Considering the starting rotation, Ryu Hyun-jin is scheduled to start against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 24th.