ESPN, an American sports media outlet, predicted that Toronto would win ‘3 wins and 4 losses’ in a game in which Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) will start in 2023.
On the 8th (Korean time), ESPN released the rankings of the starting pitchers for the 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams in the United States. Toronto’s starting lineup was rated eighth.
ESPN’s Alec Manoa (22-8), Kevin Gozman (23-9), Chris Bassett (22-10), Jose Berrios (13-14), Yusei Kikuchi (7-11), Nate Pearson (5-6), Mitch White (2-5), and Ryu Hyun-jin (3-4) are expected to make the 2023 Toronto starting lineup.
Intuitively, in order to explain the strength and weakness of the team selection rotation, ‘wins and losses’ were assigned to individual pitchers, but when looking at the calculation method explained separately by ESPN, in fact, ‘team wins and losses of the game in which the pitcher pitched’ was put behind the pitcher’s name.
ESPN said, “Toronto has formed a strong starting trio with potential ’20-win pitchers’ Manoa, Gozman, and Bassett.” If he returns in the middle of the season as it is, Toronto can build a starting lineup that is not just good, but really deep.”
Ryu Hyun-jin underwent left elbow ligament surgery in June last year.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who was devoted to rehabilitation, left for the United States in December of last year and said, “I am training with a schedule to start rehabilitation in June and return to the big leagues in July.”
If Hyun-Jin Ryu successfully returns, he will get more starts and more wins than ESPN expected.
Of course, like Sports Illustrated (SI), there are local media that pessimistically predict that “It is difficult for Ryu Hyun-jin to return in the 2023 season, and even if he returns, it is almost impossible to return as a starter.” 안전놀이터
Toronto has strong 1st to 3rd starters, but there are question marks on the 4th and 5th starters. When Ryu Hyun-jin returns to normal and joins the starting lineup, Toronto’s second half game operation becomes much easier.
ESPN has Gerrit Cole (23-7), Carlos Rawdon (25-7), Nestor Cortes (20-9), Luis Severino (18-8), Frankie Montas (11-8), The starting lineup of the New York Yankees, which has Clark Schmidt (3-7) and Domingo Hermann (6-7), was evaluated as the best in the major leagues.