‘Beware the blood home run’.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ Hyun-jin Ryu, 36, will once again attempt to win his fourth game of the season. Ryu will start against the Texas Rangers at 8:07 a.m. ET on April 13 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Ryu returned to the big leagues last month, 14 months after undergoing ligament splicing surgery on his left elbow last June. His performance since returning has been stellar. In seven starts, he’s 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA, and he’s been particularly solid in his last five outings, going five or more innings and holding opponents to two earned runs or less.
Texas is in a wild-card race with Toronto. Through 11 games, Toronto is second in the American League wild card standings with 80 wins and 63 losses, while Texas is fourth with 78 wins and 64 losses. The third place finisher in the wild card standings punches their ticket to the postseason. As such, this series could be seen as a fateful matchup that will determine both teams’ paths to fall baseball. Hyun-jin Ryu has always been strong in big games. It will be interesting to see if he can be a big game pitcher in this series as well.
However, the opposing offense is no slouch. Texas leads the American League in team batting average (.266) and team runs scored (777). They are also first in team OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) at 0.791, and fifth in team home runs with 200. The biggest thing Ryu needs to watch out for is the “big one”.
Corey Seager, formerly of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has 30 home runs and an OPS of 1.050. Marcus Semien (24 homers), Mitch Garber (16 homers), and Jonah Heim (15 homers) are other hitters who can hit at any time. Ryu has allowed a home run in four of his seven starts since returning from injury, including a total of four in his last three outings. In his most recent start against the Oakland Athletics, he gave up a two-run homer to left field in the fourth inning with a 1-0 lead.안전놀이터
Ryu is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in three career starts against Texas. In his most recent outing, a home game on April 11 last year, he was tagged for six runs on five hits, one walk, two homers and four strikeouts in 3.1 innings.