I never thought the selection for the opening game would collapse like this, special measures are inevitable… the only alternative is RYU after all

It seems that the Toronto Blue Jays will not just watch the ‘fall’ of Alec Manoa, who started this year’s opening game. There are calls for drastic measures.스포츠토토

Manoa started in the home game against the Houston Astros held at the Rogers Center on the 6th (Korean time), and as soon as he stepped on the mound in the first inning, he was battered and was knocked out after dealing with 9 batters. He gave up 7 hits and 1 walk in ⅓ innings, giving up 6 runs. Manoa, who allowed 2 runs with 4 hits and 1 walk, was knocked out after being hit with a left-handed grand slam while throwing a 94 mph sinker into his body from Cory Jerks, who continued to score 1 out.

This is the first time that Manoa, who debuted in the major leagues in 2021 and threw only as a starter, failed to exceed one inning. Last year, in 31 starts, he was never replaced before the fifth inning. This is the reason why he ranked third in the AL Cy Young Young vote, and it was not unreasonable that he snatched the opportunity to start this season’s opening match by beating seniors like Giraseong.

However, he pitched 13 times this season and threw 8 early before the 5th inning, making only two quality starts. 1 win 7 losses, ERA 6.36, WHIP 1.90, batting average 0.289, WAR -1.2. It’s hard to see him as a major league pitcher.

If Alec Manoa is removed from the rotation, the only long-term replacement is Ryu Hyun-jin. AP Yonhap News
When Manoa allowed 5 hits and 7 walks in 4 innings against the New York Yankees on May 16, Toronto manager John Schneider expressed the opinion that a ‘total overhaul’ was needed.

What did you say right after the game against Houston? As expected. “We have to do the best we can to help him get better,” Schneider said.

“I don’t have any plans right now, but we have to mobilize all our resources, staff and colleagues for him,” he added. “We have to put all the scenarios on the table. We have to help him find what he saw.”

According to MLB.com, there are three main scenarios Toronto can take. First of all, it is to send them down to Triple A to give them time to recover. It is the clearest and most common method, and it is a way to find and solve the problem without getting the prickly eyes of the people around you. It could take two weeks, it could take two months. It’s up to you to do it yourself.

The second is to put him on the injured list. You just have to find a physical issue that can be raised on the IL, and that’s not difficult. It is to start over by building the body. After raising his physical to a certain level, he has to digest the minor league rehabilitation for about a month.

And finally, the ‘Holliday-style’ modification. This is the process that Toronto’s legendary pitcher, two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, took when he was a rookie in the big leagues. Toronto sent Holliday down to Single-A ahead of the 2001 season. It was for a full-scale renovation work, including delivery and pitching form.

After winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2003, Roy Halladay reigned as the best pitcher in the major leagues for over 10 years. He died in a plane crash in December 2017, four years after his retirement. AP Yonhap News
Holliday debuted in the major leagues in 1998 and showed growth in 1999 with 8 wins and 7 losses and an ERA of 3.92. Accordingly, the Toronto club sent him to Single A as a shock therapy.

After pitching 20 games in Single-A+, Double-A and Triple-A that year, Halliday returned to the majors and became a completely different pitcher. He won 19 games in 2002 and was voted an All-Star for the first time in his career, and in 2003 he went 22-7 with a 3.25 earned run average and became an AL Cy Young Award winner.

In other words, Manoa is sent to a camp in Dunedin, Florida, also known as the ‘Pitching Lab’, so that it can be renovated for about two months. Either way, Manoa should be out of the rotation.

Who will fill that position? MLB.com said, “Mitch White, Thomas Hatch, Trent Thornton, and Trevor Richards, who are pitching for rehabilitation with Triple A Borden Francis, Casey Lawrence, and Jack Thompson, are starting candidates, but they may not be a long-term solution even if they don’t know about two weeks.” .

In the end, it means that there is no alternative other than Ryu Hyun-jin. Ryu Hyun-jin will start minor rehabilitation pitching this month. His goal is to join the rotation with the opening of the second half on the 15th of next month.

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