Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) will make his first career start against the best pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB), Max Scherzer (39, Texas Rangers), in a series that could prove to be a watershed moment for the team heading into fall baseball.
Toronto announced its starting pitchers for the four-game home series against Texas from Sept. 12-15 on Wednesday. According to the announcement, Hyun-jin Ryu will start the second game of the four-game set at 8:07 a.m. on Dec. 13.
After undergoing elbow ligament splicing surgery (Tommy John surgery) last June, Hyun-jin Ryu returned to the major league stage after a long and tedious 14-month rehabilitation.
Since his return, he has pitched seven games, going 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA.
He went five innings in all six games, except for the August 8 game against the Cleveland Indians, when he was hit in the knee by a hard hit ball and had to leave after four innings. He has also been consistent, pitching five consecutive games with two earned runs or less, starting on August 14 against the Chicago Cubs.
However, he hasn’t had much luck lately. He hasn’t gotten the win in two September starts, both of which were five innings and two runs. Ryu will look to pick up his fourth win of the season against Texas.
Toronto, which is in the American League wild-card race, is also in need of a win.
Coming off a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals, Toronto is 80-63 and in second place for the American League wild card, but trails the third-place Seattle Mariners (79-64) and fourth-place Texas (78-64) by one game and 1.5 games, respectively. 카지노사이트
For Toronto, the outcome of the four-game series against Texas could determine their fall baseball fate.
The Texas pitcher who will start against Ryu in these crucial games is the veteran Scherzer.
Since becoming a big leaguer in 2008, Scherzer has pitched in 456 career major league games, compiling a 213-108 record with 3,365 strikeouts and a 3.15 ERA. Despite his struggles, he is still very competitive this season with a 12-6 record, 172 strikeouts, and a 3.91 ERA.
This will be the first time that Ryu has faced Scherzer since breaking into the majors in 2013.
Meanwhile, Toronto will send Chris Bassett, Hyun-jin Ryu, Yusei Kikuchi, and Kevin Gausman to the mound for the four-game series against Texas.