Pressure on Ryu to keep Blue Jays alive
The Toronto Blue Jays hopes of staying alive in the playoffs now rely on the player that was signed to be the ace of his staff and you can bet that was the intent behind him getting bumped to starting Game 2.
It’s a tough position for Ryu considering the Rays are probably confident in shutting down the Blue Jays offence. What the team will need him to do is replicate what Shoemaker and Ray did in Game 1 over six or seven innings which he is certainly capable of doing.
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Going for the Rays in Game 2 is Tyler Glasnow who has proven to be a strong starter posting a 3.32 ERA against teams not named the Boston Red Sox. If the Blue Jays though Snell was a handful, Glasnow won’t be a walk in the park either.
Glasnow can throw the curveball effectively and generates a lot of swing and misses. Ryu won’t have an easy time to go up against a stud pitcher on the other end but the Rays’ lineup will be in for a tough matchup as well.
Considering the number of people asking for a starter to go at least six innings, Blue Jays will probably get this wish with Ryu on the mound and hopefully, there isn’t a case where he gets pulled early because the bullpen will still need to be prepared for a potential Game 3.
What are your thoughts on the Blue Jays loss in Game 1? Can they make the necessary adjustments heading into Game 2? Let us know in the comments below.