Hyun-jin Ryu to try for 4 wins in 7th vs. Oakland…with 4 days off and new catcher

Coming off the second elbow ligament reconstruction surgery of his career, Hyun-jin Ryu, 36, of the Toronto Blue Jays, will attempt to win his fourth game of the season.

The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Thursday (July 4) that Hyun-jin Ryu will be the starting pitcher against the visiting Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB) on July 7 at 4:37 p.m. at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.

Since returning to the big leagues last month after undergoing surgery in June, Ryu has defied expectations and continued to pitch well in every game.

With the exception of being hit in the leg by a batted ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 8, where he only pitched four innings, he has been on a roll, going five innings in each game.

Since his return, he’s gone 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six starts.

The pitching was good. He showed off his trademark awl and a variety of pitches for strikes.

On the last two days, he held the Colorado Rockies to two runs in five innings at Coors Field, the “graveyard of pitchers,” to lead the team to victory. A bullpen meltdown prevented him from getting the win.

The outlook is bright against Oakland. Oakland is an underdog with a record of 42 wins and 95 losses this season.

They are in last place in the American League (AL) West, and their chances of making the postseason are gone.

Oakland is last in the AL with a team batting average of .224 this season. Their team OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) is also last at 0.670.

The caveat is that Oakland is in a hitting mood, having recently scored 21 runs in a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.

The player to watch out for is designated hitter Brent Rooker, who has hit 23 home runs this season.

Despite his lack of accuracy, he has been strong against left-handed pitching this season, with a higher batting average against lefties (.268) than righties (.230).

Infielder Zack Gelbrecht has also been hot lately.

Oakland’s starting pitcher is left-hander JP Sears. He made his MLB debut last year and hasn’t been great this season, going 3-11 with a 4.60 ERA.

In many ways, it’s not a bad environment for Ryu to get a win.

However, the problem is that Ryu has lost a lot of his teammates to injury.

He’ll have to make do with another catcher, especially since his “best friend” Danny Jansen recently went on the disabled list (IL) with a fractured middle finger in his right hand.

Ryu has pitched 292 innings since joining Toronto, including 215⅓ of those with Jansen.

Ryu will have to combine with Alejandro Kirk or Tyler Heinemann, which is daunting because they don’t have much experience working together.

He’s not a fastball pitcher, he’s more of a changeup guy, so the catcher’s lead is important.

That’s not all. Starting infielders Matt Chapman and Bo Bissett, who went down with injuries last month, have yet to return.

They’re not expected to return until July 7 against Oakland.

Their absence leaves a big void for the groundball-inducing pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin.

This will be his first start on four days’ rest since returning from injury. Previously, Ryu took the mound after five or more days of rest.

It will be interesting to see if he can go more than six innings in Oakland for the first time since his return.

In five of his six games since returning, Ryu has lasted just five innings before being pulled in the sixth. He has never thrown more than 90 pitches.

It’s a move Toronto made with his elbow recovery in mind.

The last time Ryu had a quality start (six innings or less) was on May 21 last year against the Cincinnati Reds (six scoreless innings).

Ryu has the added pressure of pitching at a critical juncture for Toronto’s postseason hopes.

Toronto won 7-5 in Colorado on April 4, but the Texas Rangers, the third wild-card team in the American League, also won, keeping the two teams 1.5 games apart.

The Rangers need to finish in the top three wild cards to make the postseason. Oakland is a must-win game. 토토사이트

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