Four-inning no-hitter again? Hyun-jin Ryu tries to win third straight start
토스카지노In his second start since returning from injury, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu, 36, tossed a four-inning no-hitter before being forced to leave the game early after being hit in the knee by a batter’s pitch. There were no after-effects, and Ryu went on to win his next two starts.
He will face his former team, the Cleveland Indians of the American League Central Division.
Ryu will take the mound against the Cleveland Indians at 4:07 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 27, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.
After undergoing elbow surgery in June last year and returning to action in early August, Ryu has been in fine form this season, going 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in four starts.
His four-seam fastball averaged in the low 90s, but his main weapon was his changeup, which he mixed with a slower curveball that sits below 110 mph to throw hitters off their timing.
Ryu took the loss against the Baltimore Orioles on the second day of his return from injury, giving up four runs in five innings. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in 14 innings in his last three games, including a four-inning no-hitter against Cleveland.
In back-to-back starts against the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds, he pitched five innings each to set the stage for team victories. His most pitches in a game this season is 86 against the Cubs. Ryu is determined to go as many innings as possible. It will be interesting to see what happens in this start.
The Cubs play the second game of a three-game series against Cleveland on the same day as Ryu’s start.
Toronto is in the thick of the wild-card race and needs to rack up as many wins as possible in the games that are scheduled through early September. That’s because they’ll be playing 15 games against a relatively weak schedule that includes the Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, and Kansas City Royals, all of whom are under a five-game winning percentage.
Take what you can get, and you’ll be well on your way to fall baseball.
Getting a win is the best-case scenario, but the more important role of a starting pitcher is to set the stage for the team to win. Ryu has been doing just that. Toronto has won three of his four starts.
Cleveland’s batting lineup isn’t as strong. Some of their top hitters left the team at the trade deadline, and they have a number of players out with injuries. Jose Ramirez is healthy, but the batting order as a whole is lacking power. Over the past month, the team’s OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) ranks last in the American League.
The opposing starter is rookie left-hander Logan Allen. Allen has started 19 games this season, going 6-6 with a 3.31 ERA. He’s been on fire lately. In four August starts, he is 2-2 with a 1.96 ERA.