The .343 nemesis remains a threat after all these years…Ryu’s 4 wins hinge on shutting down Talbo leadoffs

Still going strong after all these years. Four wins for Ryu will depend on shutting down “hairy leadoff” and nemesis Charlie Blackmon (37).

Ryu Hyun-jin will take the mound against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on April 2. It will be his first start at Coors Field in four years.

Since returning to the big league mound last month after undergoing left elbow ligament reconstruction surgery, Ryu is 3-1 in five starts. He suffered a five-inning, four-run loss to the Baltimore Orioles on April 2 in his return, then tossed a four-hit shutout against the Cleveland Indians on April 8 before being struck in the knee by a pitch.

He picked up his first win of the season with five innings of two-run ball against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 14, followed by five innings of two-run ball against the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 21 and five innings of three-run ball (two earned) against the Cleveland Indians on Sept. 27.

The Rockies are a division rival that Ryu is no stranger to, having started his major league career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013. His career record against the Rockies is just 5-7 with a 4.85 ERA in 15 games (42 earned runs in 78 innings), and he’s given up a whopping 16 home runs.

His struggles at Coors Field, a “pitcher’s graveyard” that sits 1,600 meters above sea level and increases the distance of batted balls, had an impact. In six games at Coors Field, he went 1-4 with a 7.09 ERA (26⅔, 21 earned). He gave up eight home runs at Coors Field alone. His OPS was a whopping 1.074. It was still an unfamiliar place for Hyun-jin Ryu, as he allowed one home run per game.

When Hyun-jin Ryu was with the Dodgers, Colorado was a relatively strong team that threatened to lead the division, but now they’re a team that’s battling for last place in the entire majors. They are 49-84 with a .368 winning percentage.

However, there is one player who is still in the lineup and showing off his skills. He’ll be starting in the leadoff spot today. Blackmon was at his peak during Ryu’s time with the Dodgers. From 2013 to 2019, he batted .306 with 169 home runs, 494 RBI, 689 runs scored, 51 doubles, and an OPS of .880. He was a four-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger, and finished fifth in National League MVP voting in 2017 while winning the batting (.331) and most hits (213) titles. He was very strong against Ryu during that time, going 3-for-4 with 12 doubles (in 36 at-bats), one home run, three RBIs, and a .924 OPS.

His career has since gone downhill, but he’s still a threat. This year, he’s batting .264 (70-for-70) with seven home runs, 32 RBIs, and an .833 OPS in 76 games. In mid-June, he fractured his right hand and missed about two months, and didn’t return until mid-August. In addition to Blackmon, Ryan McMahon and Brandon Rogers have faced Ryu. He went 1-for-8 against McMahon and 0-for-2 against Rogers.바카라사이트

Both McMahon and Rogers were in the starting lineup, along with nemesis Blackmon. Colorado’s starting lineup was Charlie Blackmon (right field), Ezequiel Torvar (shortstop), Elias Diaz (catcher), Ryan McMahon (third base), Brandon Rogers (second base), Hunter Goodman (designated hitter), Nolan Jones (left field), Elihuiris Montero (first base), and Branton Doyle (center field). Colorado’s starting pitcher will be Chris Flexen, 29, who has been a reverse-export phenomenon in the KBO. After being released by the Seattle Mariners this year, he went to the New York Mets and then to Colorado. He is 1-6 with a 5.94 ERA this year.

Toronto’s starting lineup is George Springer (right field), David Schneider (third base), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (first base), Brandon Belt (designated hitter), Danny Jansen (catcher), Whit Merrifield (second base), Dalton Bashaw (left field), Ernie Clement (shortstop) and Kevin Kiermaier (center field).