‘There is only this scenario’ RYU can make a postseason appearance like this
Will Ryu Hyun-jin be able to stand on the mound in the postseason wearing a Toronto Blue Jays uniform?
Although it is slim, the possibility exists.
First of all, Ryu Hyun-jin was excluded from Toronto’s 26-man Wild Card Series (WCS) roster. Since WCS is a best-of-three series, a maximum of three starting pitchers is sufficient. There is no reason to include Ryu Hyun-jin, the fifth starter, on the roster.
However, if Toronto passes the WCS and advances to the Division Series (DS), up to four starting pitchers will be needed. Ryu Hyun-jin may be needed.
Toronto bowed out 1-3 in Game 1 of the WCS against the Minnesota Twins on the 4th (Korean time). To advance to DS, you must win both remaining games. The starter for the second game on the 5th is Jose Berrios. And Chris Bassett is expected to appear in the third game on the 6th. Another starter, Yusei Kikuchi, appears likely to pitch out of the bullpen during the postseason.
Toronto coach John Schneider mentioned plans to utilize Kikuchi ahead of this postseason, saying, “Kikuchi is a really good pitcher. He can be used in a variety of ways in the postseason.”
Since Toronto lost the first game, there is a high possibility that Kikuchi will be placed in the bullpen right away at the start of the second game, which is a sudden death. “At this point, we have to put all our cards on the table,” Coach Schneider said after the loss in Game 1.
MLB.com reported, ‘Kikuchi intended to stand by in the bullpen in Game 1. Bassett was just sitting in the dugout,’ he said. ‘But the situation became urgent as we lost 1-3. He said, “Since he may be eliminated in the second game, Kikuchi may receive a call against 4 to 5 of Minnesota’s main left-handed hitters.”
The media then said, ‘Toronto’s rotation is not just good, it’s really deep. “In the second half, behind Bassett and Kikuchi, Ryu Hyun-jin returned at the right time to fill the void left by Alec Manoa,” he said, adding, “It is the most reliable rotation Toronto has built in recent years.”
If Toronto advances to DS with a dramatic comeback series of 2 wins and 1 loss, Ryu Hyun-jin could be selected as the starter for the first game against the Houston Astros on the 8th. It is impossible to send ace Kevin Gausman, who played in the first game of the WCS on this day, to the first game of DS after only resting for three days.
Gausman became the losing pitcher after giving up 3 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs in 3 innings, including 2 home runs. Although the number of pitches was low at 73, pitching after a three-day rest was bound to be difficult.
CBS Sports reported the news of Ryu Hyun-jin’s elimination from the WCS roster on this day, saying, ‘Ryu Hyun-jin cannot pitch as a starter in this WCS. He has only had one relief appearance in his career. Therefore, it is not surprising that he is missing from the roster, but predicted, “If Toronto advances to the ALDS, he may be added to the roster.”
Hyun-Jin Ryu has only one relief appearance out of 195 games in his major league career, including the postseason. His only save was against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 26, 2017, during his time with the LA Dodgers, with 4 scoreless innings.토토사이트
However, if Toronto fails to advance to DS, Ryu Hyun-jin will not be on the mound this year. The season ends just like that. In relation to this, the Toronto Sun, a leading Canadian media outlet, said ahead of the game that day, “Toronto has made up the WCS 26-man roster with 12 pitchers and 14 fielders,” and “Ryu Hyun-jin was excluded from the roster as expected, and has already completed his last appearance with the Blue Jays.” He said, ‘I can see it.’
It appears that Ryu Hyun-jin’s relationship with Toronto is virtually over. Ryu Hyun-jin, who signed with Toronto for 4 years and $80 million in December 2019, has his contract terminated this time and will go to the free agent market after the World Series. It is highly unlikely that he will renew his contract with Toronto, which means that the breakup should be viewed as a ‘fait accompli’.