The Toronto Blue Jays’ bullpen is getting thicker. Starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin (36) is expected to be a potential beneficiary.
On the 11th (Korean time), reporter Adam Zwelling of the Canadian local media ‘Sportsnet’ reported Jordan Romano (30)’s pitching to the bullpen on his personal SNS.꽁머니
Romano was placed on the injured list (IL) on the 15th due to a back injury after the match against the Los Angeles Angels on the 29th of last month. After that, he went to his first pitching that day and checked his physical condition. Reporter Zwelling said, “Romano threw 33 pitches from the bullpen at Rogers Center and looked good (condition). Toronto is considering whether to start rehab in the minor leagues before Romano returns to the major leagues. The coming 13th He deserves to come back.”
Romano is Toronto’s endgame king. He is posting an earned run average of 2.79 this year with 28 saves in 44 games and 42 innings. After returning to the big leagues in the 2019 season, he recorded 89 saves and 20 holds in 201 games, establishing himself as the team’s key bullpen pitcher. The team has recently been able to operate a stable bullpen with Romano, the final boss.
Toronto is using Jordan Hicks (27), who was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals, as a temporary closer in place of Romano, who is currently out due to a back injury.
Hicks was the closer this year in St. Louis. It overwhelms opponents with a powerful ball that comes out at a maximum speed of 165 km/h. He is an experienced bullpen pitcher with 8 saves and 6 holds in St. Louis before his transfer. After the transfer, he saved all three chances and kept the team victorious.
Toronto could use both proven closers Romano and Hicks to run a tighter bullpen. If Romano is under pressure from time to time, there are ways to use Hicks to keep the team victorious.
For this reason, Toronto’s back door plans to be solid. If the starting pitcher does his part and comes down the mound with the conditions for victory, he can defend the victory with strong bullpen management using Romano and Hicks. Naturally, starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin will also benefit.
Ryu Hyun-jin returned to the big league after about 15 months against the Baltimore Orioles on the 2nd. In his first appearance, he gave up 9 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and 4 runs in 5 innings, making him the losing pitcher. After that, the second appearance was on the right track.
On the 8th, he pitched against the Cleveland Guardians and pitched 4 innings with no hits, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. He went down the mound early after being hit in the right knee by an opponent’s offensive ball, but it was a pitch that signaled the revival of the Korean monster.
If Ryu Hyun-jin, who will make his third appearance on the 14th, comes down after meeting the requirements for a winning pitcher, strong bullpen pitchers such as Romano and Hicks will come out to help Hyun-jin Ryu win. How much effect will Ryu Hyun-jin, the stronger Toronto bullpen, receive?