“It’s not ML speed, you need to speed up to help”…The view toward Ryu Hyun-jin is not good enough

Toronto Blue Jays Ryu Hyun-jin held a home match against the 2023 Major League Baltimore Orioles held at the Rogers Center in Toronto,스포츠토토 Ontario, Canada on the 2nd (hereinafter Korean time) After 426 days of ‘Tommy John surgery’, he played a comeback game on the big league mound. As a result, in 5 innings, 9 hits (1 home run), 3 strikeouts, 1 walk, 4 runs (4 earned) took the loss.

Considering the performance (4 games, 2 wins, undefeated average ERA of 2.00) in the minor league rehabilitation, the contents of Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitching before his comeback were obviously left unsatisfactory. He had 5 out of 9 hits connected with long hits, and 10 or more hard contact balls with a batting speed of 95 miles (about 152.8 km) came out. And this is because he caught the lead batter only once in the process of getting on the mound until the 6th inning.

However, considering the long hiatus of more than a year, the results were not bad. The fact that Ryu Hyun-jin was able to finish the game with the minimum number of runs even in a situation where he gave up nine hits, which was not a few, was a highlight of Ryu Hyun-jin’s experience in the big leagues. It was evident that his best and average velocity were also in better shape than his rehab appearances, with 91 miles (about 146.6 km) and 89 miles (about 143.2 km).

Most of the local media is in the mood for Ryu Hyun-jin’s comeback, ‘it wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t the worst’. However, it seems that not all eyes can be corrected. “The morale of the clubhouse was probably the best. How could it have been otherwise? The return of a popular veteran like Hyun-Jin Ryu could be a sign that Toronto is making a trade to bolster its starting rotation,” said the “Jace Journal” of “Fanside” in the US. He expressed regret, saying, “Hyeon-jin Ryu’s long-awaited debut in 2023 left Toronto with regret. For fans hoping to pick up, Hyun-jin Ryu’s return did not give them the strength they desperately needed.”

The ‘Jace Journal’ first pointed out the timing of the command tower’s pitch replacement stemming from the results. “Ryu Hyun-jin didn’t seem to be cheating the Baltimore hitters by relying on command rather than speed, but he maintained a 3-3 tie through the 5th inning. Manager John Schneider should have shook hands with Hyun-jin Ryu after the 5th inning and let the game end amid cheers. Unfortunately, however, Ryu Hyun-jin was sent to the mound in the 6th inning to face Gunner Henderson, the hottest hitter, but he got hit by a miss on the changeup and finished the game depressed.”

Then the story of redemption continued. “Jace Journal” said, “Ryu Hyun-jin is not yet at major league speed,” and “The offense did not give Ryu Hyun-jin enough opportunities to cooperate, but the results show that he has not yet reached major league speed. His fastball stayed at 91 mph and an average of 89 mph, but the cutter seemed to be the best prepared.”

The average velocity of Ryu Hyun-jin’s four-seam fastball in the 2021 season was 89.9 miles (about 144.7 km), and last year he recorded 89.3 miles (about 143.7 km). Although Ryu Hyun-jin is not a fireballer who can throw fast balls that travel over 150 km, it is undeniable that the speed of his four-seam fastball needs to increase in order for other pitches to shine more. The media also expressed their disappointment in this area.

‘Jace Journal’ said, “Speed ​​isn’t everything for a pitcher like Ryu Hyun-jin, but it’s still important for major league hitters. ). 137.6 km),” he analyzed.

The media argued that there is room for improvement, but Ryu Hyun-jin must work hard to survive in the starting rotation. ‘Jace Journal’ said, “Ryu Hyun-jin pitched wonderfully before returning from Tommy John surgery. 9 hits, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk and 4 runs in 5 innings are not good to look at, but it can be a little better”, but “2020 in the first appearance since last June -It might have been foolish to imagine we would see pitching like the 2021 season.Despite the emotion and positive vibes of seeing Hyun-Jin Ryu back in a Toronto uniform at the Rogers Center, Hyun-Jin Ryu is quickly set to help Toronto advance into the postseason. We need to speed up,” he said.

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