Ryu Hyun-jin (36), the “Korean Monster” of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays, will attempt to extend his winning streak. He’s looking for his first back-to-back wins in the big leagues in 451 days. The opposing starting pitcher is a fireballer. He throws a fastball that reaches speeds in excess of 160 kilometers per hour.메이저놀이터
Ryu Hyun-jin will start the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, on June 21 (KST). It will be his fourth start in the big leagues after a year and two months on the disabled list. On April 14, he earns his first win of the season at home against the Chicago Cubs, allowing two runs (unearned) in five innings. Goes for his second win of the season against Cincinnati.
Hunter Green is scheduled to start for Cincinnati. Green is 2-4 with a 3.93 ERA on the year. He has struck out 100 batters in 73.1 innings pitched. He scares hitters with his four-seam fastball, which reaches 102.6 miles per hour. On June 17, he pitched six innings of five-hit ball against the Houston Astros, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts. After a stint on the disabled list, he made his comeback in this game.
Ryu has regained much of his form after a long rehabilitation. Since returning to the big leagues, he’s thrown a four-seam fastball up to 91 miles per hour (about 146 kilometers per hour). That’s about 20 miles per hour less than Green’s top velocity in his next start. The difference in velocity and power between the two pitches is significant. However, his changeup and pitch mix are far superior. His main weapon is his changeup, but he also uses his curveball and cutter. He’s behind in location but ahead in command.
In three starts since returning from injury, he is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA. He hasn’t pitched many games, so it’s hard to read too much into his record. However, it’s encouraging to see that he hasn’t allowed a run in two consecutive games since his comeback against the Baltimore Orioles, despite giving up four runs in five innings. In nine consecutive scoreless innings, he allowed two hits, three walks, and struck out five. In his first win, against the Chicago Cubs, he cooked opposing hitters with ease, posting a 0.88 WHIP (walks allowed per inning).
He also has good memories against Cincinnati. He has faced them eight times in his major league career, going 5-2 with a 3.23 ERA. He’s been consistently good in 47.3 innings pitched. He picked up his first win last season. His first win came on May 21 last year against Cincinnati, when he pitched six innings of six-hit ball, striking out three and walking none.
The only question mark is Green. He’s been on the disabled list for more than two months, and there’s a concern that he’ll be out of sync on the mound. He did his job, going 5.1+ innings in five straight games before going on the disabled list. If he can’t shut down the Toronto bats early on, he could struggle. If Ryu, who pitches with the poise of a veteran, pitches like he has in his last two games, he has a chance to win.