‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) will try again for the first win of the season with a special mission to escape the team’s losing streak.
Ryu Hyun-jin will start the home game against the 2023 Major League Chicago Cubs at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 14th at 2:37 am (Korean time).
He again tries for his first win of the season against the Cubs. Ryu Hyun-jin, who returned to the big league after a year and two months against the Baltimore Orioles on the 2nd, became a losing pitcher with 9 hits and 4 runs in 5 innings. However, in his second appearance against Cleveland, he showed improvement in pitching by going a no-hit, no-run streak for 4 innings before leaving the ground due to injury.
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s shoulders are quite heavy as his current team, Toronto, is in a 3-game losing streak, giving up all 2 games against the Cubs.
In particular, the Cubs are attracting great attention as there are many hitters who will have an interesting confrontation with Ryu Hyun-jin. A representative figure is Cody Bellinger, who ate a bowl of rice during his LA Dodgers days.
Ryu Hyun-jin and Bellinger ate together for three years from 2017 at the Dodgers.
Bellinger was excellent enough to win the National League MVP in the 2019 season, but suffered the pain of being released from the Dodgers in November of last year due to sluggishness.
Afterwards, Bellinger, who signed a one-year contract with the Cubs for $17.5 million, announced a perfect revival by being selected as the National League’s ‘Player of the Month’. As of this season, he has successfully rebounded with a batting average of 0.331, 18 home runs, 59 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.941.
In addition, Mike Tuckman, who played for the Hanwha Eagles in the KBO League, is also active in a Cubs uniform, drawing great attention.
Tuckman posted a batting average of 0.289, 12 home runs, and 43 RBIs in the Hanwha uniform in the KBO League last year.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who made his professional debut at Hanwha in 2006, played an active role until the 2012 season before advancing to the major leagues, so he has no personal relationship with Tuchman. However, great attention is drawn to the face-to-face confrontation between former and current Hanwha players.
On top of that, the Cubs also have Seiya Suzuki, a Japanese hitter, so there is a high possibility that a ‘mini-Korea-Japan match’ will be held.
In the Cubs, Tuchman is the leadoff, Bellinger is the 4th hitter, and Suzuki is in the lower batting order, so Hyun-Jin Ryu will inevitably face at least one of them every inning.스포츠토토
Ryu Hyun-jin must first stop Tuchman from reaching base so that he can easily face off against Bellinger, the center hitter. In the lower line, you need to be careful of Suzuki’s one shot. Suzuki’s batting average is not high at 0.255 this season, but he is punchy with 10 home runs.