Return to Hanwha? Ryu Hyun-jin still “out of form”

“Form Crazy.”

That’s what the Toronto Blue Jays posted on their official social media (SNS) after being impressed by the pitching of Hyun-jin Ryu. They even quoted a meme (internet trending content) in Korean with the Korean flag to highlight his performance. As such, Ryu’s recent form and pace have been very good.

Ryu started the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB)바카라사이트 World Series away game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, on 21 July, throwing 83 pitches over five innings, allowing four hits, one walk, seven strikeouts and two runs (unearned) in a 10-3 victory.

With the win, Ryu improved to 2-1 on the season. It was the second straight win for the right-hander, who earned his first career victory with five innings of two-run ball against the Chicago Cubs on 14 April. He extended his scoreless streak to 14 consecutive innings. He also lowered his ERA from 2.57 to 1.89.

Ryu Hyun-jin celebrates his second win of the season against the Cincinnati Reds on 21 April. Getty Images/AFP

Ryu Hyun-jin celebrates his second win of the season against the Cincinnati Reds on 21 April. Getty Images/AFP

More encouraging is the fact that he has posted a sub-one ERA since returning from elbow surgery. Ryu had surgery on his left elbow last year and was sidelined for more than a year. He was in his mid-30s and there were concerns about the after-effects. However, he has proved himself to be healthy with a streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings in his last three games.

The local praise hasn’t stopped there. MLB.com, the official MLB website, called it “a reminder of what Hyun-jin Ryu is capable of at his best.” Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star wrote, “Ryu has now pitched 14 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. It’s amazing to see a player who has been rehabbing for more than 14 months show such good command of his pitches and delivery.”

Toronto’s official social media accounts admiring Ryu’s pitching performance against Atlanta on the 21st. Toronto Twitter capture

His continued success since returning from injury has led to talk of a contract extension. Ryu, who signed a four-year, $80 million deal with Toronto in the winter of 2019, is in the final year of his contract. There were some who labelled the deal a “failure” after his last surgery, but his recent success has changed that. “Given his current performance, the Jays could offer him a one-year deal or a two-year deal with an option,” Canadian outlet Sportsnet said in a radio broadcast.

Few expected a Ryu resurgence. There were many doubts about his ability to continue his major league career at such a young age. Naturally, there were calls for him to return to Korea. There was even talk of a return to his hometown team, Hanwha. However, Ryu proved that he was healthy by pitching three consecutive shutout games after his return. Ryu’s current form is too good to be true, as the locals call it “crazy”. At 36, Ryu’s dreams of extending his career in the big leagues are ripe again.

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