A tense match took place, but it did not affect the general trend. Toronto won again. Now, fall baseball is starting to become visible little by little. And to continue the trend, Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto) stands on the mound.
Toronto won 7-1 in the game against Oakland held at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on the 6th (Korean time). Looking at the 6-point score difference, it may seem like it was a generous game, but that was not the case. The game was tied 0-0, with not a single point scored until the 6th inning. The one being chased was not Oakland, whose chances of advancing to the postseason had already mathematically disappeared, but Toronto, which was in dire need of one win at a time.
Toronto’s offense exploded in the 7th inning. The bases were loaded with three walks. There was a bit of luck. This is where he showed off his concentration. As Kiermaier and Springer hit consecutive timely hits, a sense of relief began to form in the dugout. Afterwards, the excited Toronto batting team destroyed the Oakland bullpen, scoring 6 runs in the 7th inning alone and taking the win.스포츠토토
With this victory, Toronto rose to third place in the fierce American League wild card race. In the postseason, the three district champion teams in each league and the three teams (wild cards) with the highest winning percentage among the remaining teams excluding the winning team receive invitations. Baltimore has already gone too far in the American League’s Eastern Division, which Toronto belongs to. The difference between Tampa Bay, which is second in the district and first in the wild card race, and Toronto is seven games.
In other words, Toronto is realistically competing for 2nd and 3rd place in the wild card. Currently, Toronto is competing with teams in the American League West Division. Houston, Seattle, Texas, in that order. Since the dual district winning team automatically advances to the postseason, a fierce battle is expected with the remaining two teams. However, with the victory that day, they pushed out Texas and regained third place.
Toronto, which has been on the rise with 5 wins in the last 6 games, will attempt a sweep by appointing Ryu Hyun-jin as the starter in the final game of the series, which will be held at 4:37 a.m. on the 7th. Auckland is far below Toronto in terms of objective power. As of the 6th, Toronto’s winning percentage this season is 0.554, and Oakland’s is 0.302. They are the worst team in the league. The mound is weak and the attack is weak. In other words, if Toronto loses, it will suffer a loss of more than one loss. Ryu Hyun-jin’s shoulders are heavy.
Fortunately, the atmosphere is not bad. It’s a batting lineup with a lot of injuries, but it’s still doing well. Ryu Hyun-jin’s pace is also good. He returned after elbow surgery and pitched well with 3 wins and 1 loss in 6 games with an ERA of 2.48. Additionally, Oakland is the team with the worst offense in the league. They are the lowest among the 30 teams in the league in team OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage). OPS against lefties is also 27th. There is nothing special. This is an environment where Ryu Hyun-jin’s skillful pitching can shine.
Local media also predicted a win for Toronto and Ryu Hyun-jin. America’s largest sports network ‘ESPN’ specifically ‘strongly recommended’ Ryu Hyun-jin in its 7-day guide for fantasy league users. In fantasy leagues, users are scored based on the player’s actual performance. Since Ryu Hyun-jin seems to be a good pitcher, my recommendation is to add Ryu Hyun-jin to the roster. Since he just returned from injury, Ryu Hyun-jin’s roster inclusion rate is about 27% of all users.
ESPN premised, ‘When in doubt, letting (the pick) go against Oakland has been a useful method at times this season.’ Since Auckland is so bad, it is not a bad idea to ‘mindlessly’ bet on the opponent. Here, ESPN said, ‘This is Ryu Hyun-jin’s 7th appearance since returning from the injured list on August 1. Although he did not pitch more than 5 innings, he still has 3 wins and 1 loss, and predicted that Toronto will be the favorite to win this game.
He then predicted that Ryu Hyun-jin would pitch well. ESPN said, ‘Oakland has the third-worst weighted on-base percentage against lefties in the league. He said, “This is a team with an above-average strikeout rate,” and expected that Ryu Hyun-jin’s upward trend, combined with the weakness of Oakland’s batting line, would create a synergy effect.
Ryu Hyun-jin is taking the mound for the first time after four days of rest since his return. However, in his previous appearance against Colorado, he minimized the number of pitches. He came off the mound after pitching only five innings. At the time, Toronto coach John Schneider explained that the decision was made in consideration of the circumstances of Ryu Hyun-jin, who had to make his next appearance after four days of rest. There doesn’t seem to be a problem with his strength as there aren’t many pitches in his last appearance. Although velocity is his concern, Ryu Hyun-jin has already proven that he is a pitcher who throws well regardless of velocity. Expectations are high whether he will be able to deliver the good news of his fourth win of the season to domestic fans.