“Ryu Hyun-jin will not be used on the wild card roster.”
Following MLB.com, the Jays Journal, which covers the Toronto Blue Jays at FanSided, also predicted on the 2nd (hereinafter Korean time) that Hyun-Jin Ryu will be omitted from the roster for the wild card game against the Minnesota Twins. The Jays Journal said that following Kevin Gausman, Chris Bassett is the second starter and Jose Berrios is the third starter.토토사이트
Unless there is an upset, there is a high possibility that they will play against Minnesota in the best-of-three series that will open on the 4th. The fourth starter is Yusei Kikuchi. The Jays Journal said, “There is a high possibility that the powerful left-hander will be moved to the bullpen.” He may return to the starting lineup if he advances to the division series, but he was expected to pitch in the bullpen in the wild card game.
In this situation, there is no room for Ryu Hyun-jin. 3 wins, 3 losses, 3.46 ERA in 11 games. In particular, his poor performance in September was fatal, with 2 losses and an ERA of 4.50 in 6 games. In August, he was good with 3 wins, 1 loss, and an ERA of 2.25 in 5 games, but in September, he was out of command and often got hit. It is difficult to compete with him due to his speed, and it is not easy to do borderline pitching every time.
It is difficult for him to play as a starter in the postseason, and he is not a professional bullpen player. Therefore, it is highly likely that he will not help the team even if he only occupies a spot on the roster. Even if the starting pitcher collapses, if Kikuchi goes to long relief, Ryu Hyun-jin has nothing to do.
Of course, if Toronto beats Minnesota and goes to the division series, Ryu Hyun-jin could be used. This is because it is basically a best-of-five series that requires more pitchers. However, in a best-of-three series, there is a high possibility of being eliminated from the roster.
Ryu Hyun-jin’s start in the first game of the wild card against the Tampa Bay Rays on October 1, 2020 was his only postseason appearance in Toronto. At that time, he performed poorly, allowing 8 hits (2 home runs) and 7 runs (3 earned runs) in 1⅔ innings. Ryu Hyun-jin may want to shake off today’s poor performance this year, but the situation is not favorable.
In the worst case, Ryu Hyun-jin may have to enter the 2023-2024 free agent market without appearing in the postseason. Local articles often appear saying that Ryu Hyun-jin should be recruited on a short-term contract, but the value of the free agent market can only be confirmed when the lid is opened. If the free agent market continues like this, Ryu Hyun-jin will not have that much of an advantage. For one reason or another, the slump in September is fatal.