Despite the early exit in the MLB playoffs, Ryu Hyun-jin enjoyed his first year with Toronto Blue Jays. The ace pitcher signed a multiyear deal with the team as a free agent during the winter. However, the South Korean pitcher had one regret: their early exit in the playoffs.
Ryu signed a four-year contract with the Blue Jays worth $80 million. He left LA Dodgers after seven years. Also, Ryu helped Toronto reached the postseason for the first time since 2016. He has a 5-2 record for the season with an ERA of 2.69. His ERA was the fourth-best in the American League.
The South Korean ace won the game that brought the team into the postseason. He threw seven shutout innings to help the Blue Jays get a 4-1 win over the Yankees. However, Tampa Bay swept them in the Wild Card Series. Ryu lost Game 2 on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Ryu Hyun-jin Enjoyed First Year
According to sports news reports, Ryu’s biggest disappointment this season was exiting the playoffs early. He made the statement during a press conference held at the National Human Rights Commission headquarters in Seoul. They named him an honorary ambassador for human rights in the field of sports.
Ryu said he had ups and downs in his career. However, he was satisfied with the opportunity to pitch the whole season injury-free. According to sports betting sources, it was the pitcher’s first public appearance since returning to South Korea in early October.
According to betting odds professionals, Ryu served his two-week quarantine, which the government requires for all international travelers during the pandemic. The coronavirus made the MLB shorten its season. Ryu made twelve starts without missing a game. However, he had a rocky start, which he overcame over time.