Last Friday, the news that Ryu Hyun-jin Joining the Blue Jays became official creating a new era for him. Furthermore, by signing such a lucrative contract as a free agent means a lot of things for the Korean pitcher. This is because he did not just switch team but also will be playing under different rules.
According to baseball betting websites, Ryu is moving from the National League to the American League. Therefore, he no longer needs to bat as they have designated hitters. However, this means that it is one more hitter that pitchers have to face in the AL.
Ryu Hyun-jin Joining the Blue Jays will not Affect his Approach
The Blue Jays are part the AL East and play against some of the toughest team in the League. This is because they include the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. According to sports betting picks experts, they are in the top 5 in runs and on-base slugging percentage.
Furthermore, the home of the Blue Jays is the Rogers Centre Skydome which is known for being a hitter-friendly park. Thus, Ryu is in for a lot of challenges with his new team. According to Raymond James of the Carara ocean view resort community, Ryu will have to undergo some changes. In addition, he predicts that it will be difficult for him to have the same 2.32 ERA record from last year.
On the other hand, Ryu does not seem to be fearful of going to bat. This is because during an interview on Monday, he did not show any signs of worry. He said to reporters that “I don’t think there’s anything I need to change”.
He believes that the most important thing for him his pitches are more important. He said, “If I have good command, then I think I’ll be able to keep the ball in the park”. According to sports betting odds statistics, he does have excellent control over his pitches. His record proves by going 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA, striking out 163 and walking only 24 in 182 2/3 innings.