The “Korean Monster,” Ryu Hyun-jin, 36, of the Toronto Blue Jays, will look for his fourth win of the season at Coors Field, the graveyard of pitchers.

Ryu Hyun-jin will start the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, United States, on July 2.

Ahead of the game, the starting lineups for both teams were revealed. Toronto’s lineup is George Springer (right field), Davis 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).

Springer, who has been in the leadoff spot since the previous series, a three-game homestand against the Washington Nationals, will set the table alongside Schneider, while catcher Danny Jansen will be paired with Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Colorado’s lineup is Charlie Blackmon (right field), Ezequiel Toba (shortstop), Elias Diaz (catcher), Ryan McMahon (third base), Brendan Rodgers (second base), Hunter Goodman (designated hitter), Nolan Jones (left field), Elefuris Montero (first base), and Brenton Doyle (center field). Six of the nine starters are right-handed hitters, with the “veteran” Blackmon leading off.

Colorado’s starting pitcher is Chris Flexen, who played for the Doosan Bears in the KBO in 2020. He was a “KBO export story” in 2021 with the Seattle Mariners, going 14-6 with a 3.61 ERA in 31 games and 179⅔ innings, but has since fallen off. This season, he’s struggled a bit, going 1-6 with a 6.94 ERA in 23 games and 72⅔ innings.

As Toronto begins a six-game road trip in the American West today against the Colorado and Oakland Athletics, Ryu takes the mound on the first day of the six-game set. It will be his first start at Coors Field in four years and one month since August 2019 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and his first since joining Toronto.토스카지노

Coors Field is one of the most hitter-friendly stadiums in baseball, often referred to as a “pitcher’s graveyard” because of its elevation of 1,600 meters above sea level, where balls encounter less air resistance and travel farther.

Ryu has generally struggled at Coors Field, with a career record of 1-4 with a 7.09 ERA in six games and 26⅔ innings pitched, and a whopping eight home runs allowed. It’s encouraging to see that in his most recent outing, Ryu was able to get the win after pitching six innings of three-hit ball with one walk and one strikeout.

In his last start at home against the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 2, Ryu went 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts and 24 innings during the month of August. His confidence has been boosted by winning his last three starts in a row. It will be interesting to see if he can continue his upward trajectory and pick up his fourth win with his signature changeup.

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