The schedule for the next appearance of Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays), who was praised for continuing follow-up play despite being hit by a strong batted ball at 157.2 km per hour in the previous game, was released. However, there was one condition for confirmation.
The American media The Athletic said on the 11th 메이저사이트 (Korean time), “Ryu Hyun-jin is scheduled to start in the home game against the Chicago Cubs held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada on the 14th.”
Toronto, who finished 2-2 in 4 consecutive matches against the Cleveland Indians, will return home to play 3 matches against the Chicago Cubs. Prior to the game on the 11th, 65-52, 3rd in the American League East Division and 3rd in the Wild Card, Toronto, a relatively weak team, had three consecutive matches with the Cubs (59-56).
Ryu Hyun-jin was scheduled to pitch in the last game of the series with the Cubs. It was a schedule that was difficult to predict from the beginning. Ryu Hyun-jin took the mound as a starting pitcher in an away game against Cleveland on the 8th and recorded two strikeouts and no runs in four innings without a hit.
A dizzying situation happened. In the 4th inning, with 2 out and 1 base, Gonzalez hit a ball at 97.7 miles per hour (approximately 157.2 km) and headed for Ryu Hyun-jin’s calf near his left knee. It was such an injury that Toronto head coach John Schneider rushed out and helped him personally. Ryu Hyun-jin, who gripped his knee and threw the first base despite the pain of rolling the ground, caught the out count first, and complained of pain, receiving praise from fans.
Fortunately, a bruise was found as a result of the examination, but it was clear that the calf was swollen enough for Schneider to joke that “Ryu Hyun-jin has two calves.”
Because of that, it took one condition to return to the Cubs match. It was that there should be nothing wrong with bullpen pitching on the 12th. Another media, CBS Sports, explained, “If Ryu Hyun-jin passes the bullpen session on the 12th without problems, he can throw the ball in the game against the Chicago Cubs.”
According to Fashion MLB, if Ryu Hyun-jin makes the mound, Toronto will use Jose Berrios, Chris Bassit, and Ryu Hyun-jin to face Javier Assad, Justin Steel, and Jameson Tyyon. “If Ryu Hyun-jin’s condition is not good, Yusei Kikuchi will take the mound and Kevin Gaussman will follow,” he said. This is a possible strategy because Toronto is currently operating a six-man rotation and the 15th is a rest day.
Although he was knocked out after 4 innings due to an unexpected injury, Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitching was well received. In the game on the 8th, Ryu Hyun-jin threw a total of 52 balls, including 26 four-seam fastballs, 11 change-ups, 10 curves, and 5 cutters, and made 7 misses. His highest velocity was only 90.7 miles per hour (about 146 km), but he showed perfect pitching until the third inning, inducing five swings with a changeup that he used in earnest from the second inning.
MLB.com said, “Ryu Hyun-jin recorded 4 no-hitters while suppressing strong batting balls with his trademark changeup,” and “Toronto was able to see the ‘proper’ Ryu Hyun-jin, who had been waiting for more than a year, in the first 4 innings against Cleveland. His velocity still fell short of expectations, but his location was accurate and his most important changeup again made hitters miss their bats. This is how Ryu Hyun-jin beats hitters.”
If there are no problems, the Cubs are also a pleasant opponent for Ryu Hyun-jin. Ryu Hyun-jin has appeared in 4 games against the Cubs in his career and is recording an ERA of 3.00 with 1 win and 1 loss.
The main target to be wary of is Cody Bellinger, a former LA Dodgers teammate of Ryu Hyun-jin and who has successfully rebounded this season. Bellinger, who joined the Cubs this season after being released from the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, has a batting average of 0.327, 17 homers, 56 RBIs, 65 runs, 17 stolen bases and an OPS of 0.927 in 84 games. Mike Tuchman, who played for the Hanwha Eagles in the KBO League last year, is also a person of interest. Tuchman is helping the Cubs compete for the National League wild card this season with a batting average of .284, 7 homers, 41 RBIs, 44 points, 5 steals and an OPS of .821 in 66 games.