Should Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) be nervous?
Ryu Hyun-jin will take the mound for the third time of the season in an away game against the 2023 Major League Chicago Cubs, which will be held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 2:37 on the 14th (hereinafter Korean time). He shows off his health while playing a no-hit game in 4 innings against the Cleveland Guardians on the 8th, raising expectations.메이저사이트
At this point, the player to be most wary of in the Chicago Cubs is, of course, Cody Bellinger, a colleague from the Los Angeles Dodgers. After suffering from sluggishness for three years after the National League MVP in 2019, the player who was released as a non-tender is a big success. In addition, Mike Tuckman, a former member of the Hanwha Eagles in the KBO League, should also be taken care of.
The variable is Suzuki Seiya, the 4th batter of the 2019 Premier 12 and 2020 Tokyo Olympic team. Suzuki has 87 hits in 342 at-bats this season, a batting average of 0.254, 10 home runs, 38 RBIs, 43 runs, a slugging percentage of 0.406, an on-base percentage of 0.332, an OPS of 0.738. He is not very good with a five-year, $85 million (approximately 111.8 billion won) contract. Recently, there are many games that are missing from the starting lineup.
On the 10th, in an away game against the New York Mets, Suzuki started as right fielder No. 6 and made a big success with 3 hits in 4 at-bats (1 home run), 1 RBI and 2 runs. In the second inning, he powerfully pushed David Peterson’s 93-mile sinker to hit a right-middle triple, then in the fourth, he hit Peterson’s curveball with a well-timed left-handed hit. Then, in the ninth, he kicked off Adam Octavino’s 92-mile sinker and hit a left-center solo shot.
Making mistakes into good results is also a skill. Suzuki’s recent appearances have been uneven, but his hitting feeling on this day looked quite good. He has to wait and see if Ryu Hyun-jin and Korea-Japan confrontation will be successful. If Suzuki isn’t in bad form, he’s likely to start. After all, Suzuki is a right-handed hitter and Tuchman is a left-handed hitter.
The Chicago Cubs are also in 4th place in the National League wild card race, so every game is an all-out war. They are only 0.5 games behind the third-place Miami Marlins. The Toronto Blue Jays also finished third in the American League wild card race, two games ahead of the Seattle Mariners. Whether it is Suzuki or Tuckman, it seems that the head-to-head confrontation with Ryu Hyun-jin will attract a lot of attention. Ryu Hyun-jin must overcome them unconditionally to see his first win.