“He’s been really good since coming back”…Ryu Hyun-jin over the hump and likely to be re-signed

“Since returning, Hyun-jin Ryu (36-Toronto Blue Jays) has been outstanding.”

The Jays Journal, a Toronto news outlet, wrote about Ryu’s potential re-signing on Jan. 1.

Ryu is eligible for free agency after this season. He joined Toronto from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a four-year, $80 million contract before the 2020 season.

In his first year with Toronto, Ryu got off to a fast start in the shortened 2020 season, going 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 12 games and 67 innings, finishing third in the American League Cy Young Award. The following year, he faltered a bit in the second half of the season, but was solid on the mound as a full-time starter with a 14-10 record and a 4.37 ERA in 31 games and 169 innings pitched.

Then, in June of last year, Ryu underwent Tommy John surgery to reconstruct ligaments in his elbow, sidelining him for an extended period of time. He returned to the big league mound for the first time in 426 days on May 2 against the Baltimore Orioles and is looking strong.

In five starts to date, Ryu is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA, 20 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP in 24 innings pitched. That’s the fourth-lowest ERA among pitchers with at least five starts in the American League last month. Add to that a recent three-game winning streak, and he’s on a roll.

“Given Ryu’s post-surgery recovery time last year, there was a chance he might not pitch for Toronto again,” the Jays Journal said, “but he’s recovered and has been outstanding since his return.

“While there are some question marks about the team’s starting rotation next season, Ryu’s strong pitching thus far is making a case for re-signing him.”

Ryu will make his sixth start of the season against the Colorado Rockies of the 2023 Major League Baseball at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on April 2. Coors Field is one of the most hitter-friendly stadiums in all 30 major league ballparks. Its elevation and lack of air resistance make for a lot of long balls. It is also known as the “graveyard of pitchers”.카지노사이트

In six games at Coors Field since his big league debut, Hyun-jin Ryu is 1-4 with a 7.09 ERA in 26⅔ innings pitched. This is the highest ERA of any ballpark where he has pitched five or more games, indicating that he has struggled there. However, if he continues to perform well at Coors Field, his value could increase.

Meanwhile, the Toronto lineup will be George Springer (right field), Davis Schneider (third base), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (first base), Brandon Belt (designated hitter), Danny Jansen (catcher), Whit Merrifield (second base), Dalton Bashaw (left field), Ernie Clement (shortstop), and Kevin Kiermaier (center field).

Colorado’s starting pitcher, on the other hand, is Chris Flexen, who used to play for the Doosan Bears and has been called the KBO’s reverse export myth. Flexen has struggled this year, bouncing around the Seattle Mariners and New York Mets before landing in Colorado. His record this year is 1-6 with a 6.94 ERA, 57 strikeouts, and a 1.73 WHIP in 72⅔ innings.

Colorado’s starting lineup is Charlie Blackmon (right field), Ezequiel Toba (shortstop), Elias Díaz (catcher), Ryan McMahon (third base), Brandon Rogers (second base), Hunter Goodman (designated hitter), Nolan Jones (left field), Eloyce Montero (first base), and Brenton Doyle (center field).

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