Ryu Hyun-jin, given an extra day of rest, will he shake off his poor first start?

Hyunjin Ryu. AFP Yonhap News

Toronto’s Ryu Hyun-jin throws the ball after starting the home game against Texas at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada on the 11th. Toronto = AFP Yonhap News

Ryu Hyun-jin (35) of the Toronto Blue Jays, who had a sluggish appearance in the second half of the 2021 season, waited eagerly for the 2022 season to start. However, his first appearance was extremely sluggish due to the effects of job closures during the offseason. He started in a home game against the Texas Rangers on the 11th, and in 3.1 innings, he hit 5 hits, including one home run, and conceded 6 runs. It was also painful that the team eventually lost 6-12 as Ryu Hyun-jin collapsed in a situation where they were 5 points ahead 6-1. At the time, Ryu Hyun-jin blamed himself for not being a starting pitcher, and said, “I will definitely play the role of a starting pitcher in the next pitch. I will keep throwing 5-7 innings.”

Ryu Hyun-jin is going on the pitch to restore his honor once more. The Toronto club has set Ryu Hyun-jin’s second starting game of the season to be a home match against the Oakland Athletics in the Major League Baseball 2022 to be held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 17th. A start against Oakland to be held on the 16th was highly likely, but Toronto temporarily put Ross Stripling into the starting lineup to operate the 6th starter, and his start was delayed by a day. “The starting pitchers may need a break,” said manager Charlie Montoyo.

Oakland, which Hyun-Jin Ryu will face, is a team that has started rebuilding in earnest, and posted an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.693 in seven games this season, placing 7th out of 15 American League clubs in this category. Currently, the hitter with the best hitting index is Elvis Andrus, a former Texas teammate who is familiar with Korean fans, Shin-Soo Choo, and has a batting average of 0.308, one home run, three RBIs, four walks, and an on-base percentage of 0.400. It’s not a very intimidating team.

Ryu Hyun-jin also has confidence in his two wins and a 3.27 ERA in his two personal encounters against Oakland. They met for the first time in 2018 when they were with the Los Angeles Dodgers and played 6 innings with 1 hit and no runs. Last year, they struggled with 5 innings, 6 hits and 4 runs, but with the help of the team’s lineup, they won the game.

Ryu Hyun-jin, following a slump in the second half of last year, failed to play his part until the first appearance of the season, and is currently receiving the attention of the local media. Interest is growing whether he will show his true worth in the second appearance of the season after an additional day of rest and restore his status.

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