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There is a reason for Ryu Hyun-jin’s ‘5 consecutive 5-inning strong performances’, QS is not important 

On the 7th (Korean time), they lost 2-5 against Oakland away.
Hyunjin Ryu allowed 2 runs and 5 hits (1 home run) in 5 innings.

During the baseball season, you cannot determine a strong or weak team based on performance alone. Oakland is called the weakest with the lowest win rate (43 wins, 97 losses, 0.307 win rate) in the major leagues this season. On the other hand, Toronto is a team in fierce competition to advance to the postseason with 77 wins and 63 losses (0.550 win rate).안전놀이터

However, if you look at ‘Toronto now’, the story is different. Major hitters, including infielders Bo Bisset and Matt Chapman and catcher Danny Jansen, are out with injuries. It is not an exaggeration to say that they are playing with the weakest member.

Moreover, with only 23 games remaining in the season, 1 win 1 win is a very precious time. In that respect, it is understandable that Toronto manager John Schneider uses the bullpen instead of having the starting pitcher pitch for long periods of time. He is an expression of his will to win the victory no matter what.

There may be some domestic fans who are disappointed that Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto) pitched only 5 innings (all 2 earned runs or less) in 5 consecutive games and missed a quality start (QS, 6 innings or more as a starter, 3 earned runs or less), but this is also the case with the team. You have to take this into consideration. Moreover, if Ryu Hyun-jin overdoes it, it may affect his next pitching.

QS is not important. He has done his part well enough. However, on this day, Trevor Richards, who came out in the 6th inning following Ryu Hyun-jin, immediately gave up 3 runs, and I wonder what it would have been like if a stronger bullpen pitcher had been used.

Ryu Hyun-jin, who had been pitching well until the 3rd inning, gave up a two-run home run to Carlos Perez in the 4th inning with 2 outs and runners on second base with a 1-0 lead, allowing the comeback. The ball that hit the home run was not a misfire. He threw a four-seam fastball at 91 miles per hour (approximately 146 km) low and low toward his body, and it must be said that the batter hit it well.

Rather, the ball that was hit for a double by lead hitter Brent Rooker in the 4th inning was a tee. A 78 mph (approximately 126 km) changeup went into the middle. It should have fallen further down or outward. Because they created such a chance, they ended up conceding two goals.

Ryu Hyun-jin’s maximum fastball speed was around 88-89 mph (142-143 km) in the first to third innings of the game, but on this day, when he struck out Rooker in the first inning, his speed was recorded at 91 mph. Since his return he appears to be getting better at kicking the ball the more he plays.

On this day, Ryu Hyun-jin formed a battery for the first time with catcher Tyler Heinemann in place of the injured Jansen. However, while mixing balls together, Ryu Hyun-jin was seen shaking his head several times. Also, it felt like they were not working well together, as they allowed 3 stolen bases and there was also a wild pitch.

In particular, the reason why Estewri Luis stole third base in the 5th inning was because Heinemann threw the ball too loosely to Ryu Hyun-jin. There is no way Lewis, who ranks first in stolen bases in the American League (58), would miss such an opportunity. Not only Ryu Hyun-jin, but also the next pitcher, Richards, threw only two pitches to the first three batters, a change-up and a four-seam fastball, and ended up with a hit, a hit, and a home run. Since the ball combination is simply ‘two pitch’, won’t opposing hitters notice it?

Toronto’s bench is believed to have started Heinemann to give another backup catcher, Alejandro Kirk, some rest. However, at the end of the season, when one win is important, it is necessary to allow players to participate even if it is somewhat difficult. Because this is not the time to relax like that.

/Kim In-sik, advisor to KBO president and former national team coach

Former director Kim In-sik.
Kim In-sik, advisor to the president of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), earned the nickname ‘the people’s manager’ for his leadership that elevated Korean baseball to the ranks of world powerhouses. He has deep knowledge of not only domestic baseball but also Major League Baseball (MLB), the American professional baseball league. As the manager of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) team, he not only faced MLB’s top stars, but he continues to watch and analyze every MLB game.

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