Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays), who has returned to health, is drawing attention as New York Mets fans are paying attention to him as he is about to make his second appearance. 

‘Rising Apple’, which covers the New York Mets in the American fan media ‘Fansied’, pointed out Hyun-jin Ryu as the 5th starter for the 2024 Mets on the 7th (hereinafter Korean time) and evaluated it as one of the starting candidates worth recruiting after the season. 

The media said, ‘Ryu Hyun-jin underwent Tommy John surgery and returned to the Toronto mound after 14 months. He explained that in the match against the Baltimore Orioles on the 2nd, he gave up 4 runs in 5 innings and showed a shaky appearance, but as the game went on he got better and his command improved. 

“From now until the end of the season, it will be time for Ryu Hyun-jin to recover and help Toronto advance to the playoffs,” he said. The value of Ryu Hyun-jin has been lowered. Ryu Hyun-jin may want a change because his ERA has improved by more than one point in Toronto since his days with the Los Angeles Dodgers.” 

Ryu Hyun-jin, who had a career average ERA of 2.98 in six seasons with the Dodgers, is recording a career average ERA of 4.13 in four seasons after coming to Toronto. Although he is in his mid-30s, the influence of his age is large, but the American League Eastern Division, which has many hitters and hitter-friendly parks, is also an unfavorable environment for pitchers. 

Rising Apple said, ‘Ryu Hyun-jin, who will turn 37 on the opening day next year, will fit well as a 5th starter who plays a lot of innings with a 1-2 year contract with the Mets. His career walks are just two per nine innings. As a left-handed pitcher, along with Jose Quintana (Mets) and Julio Urias (LA Dodgers), he will be able to counter the strong left-handed hitters of the National League East’, he hoped. 

The Mets, whose fall baseball was far away, traded both Max Scherzer (Texas) and Justin Verlander (Houston), who had three Cy Young one-two punches, before the trade deadline last week and turned them into sellers. As pitching prospects such as Mike Basil and Blade Tidwell need an additional year before their major league debuts, he emphasized the need for external reinforcement in the offseason to reorganize the starting lineup. 메이저사이트

In the free agent market, it was expected that the most ideal scenario would be to recruit Yurias, Aaron Nola, and Ryu Hyun-jin as starting pitchers and form a 5-starter system along with Senga Godai and Quintana. 

Fans are not the only ones paying attention to Ryu Hyun-jin. Reporter Joel Sherman of the New York Post, a leading U.S. daily newspaper, also pointed out James Paxton (Boston) and Hyun-jin Ryu as free agent starting pitchers that the Mets can recruit in the upcoming offseason on the 1st. 

Meanwhile, Ryu Hyun-jin will start Toronto on the first day of the four-game away match against the Cleveland Guardians, which will be held at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, at 8:10 am on the 8th. In his comeback game, he gave up 5 innings, 9 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and 4 runs against Baltimore.

Cleveland, which is second in the American League Central Division (54-58), is 25th in team OPS (.696) and 30th in home runs (84), and the firepower of other lines is weak. Fourth hitter Josh Naylor is also out due to a side injury, and there is no big threat hitter except for Jose Ramirez. Ryu Hyun-jin won 2 wins in 3 games against Cleveland and had a strong ERA of 2.84. In many ways, expectations for the first win of the comeback are high.