“Obviously, we need to add a starting pitcher.”
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins once again announced a starting pitcher trade. On the 11th (hereinafter Korean time), Fan Sided told the Jace Journal, which is in charge of Toronto, “The obvious field is that a starting pitcher must be added. We have to balance the performance of Alec Manoa and Ryu Hyun-jin.”
Toronto finished the first half 50-41. It is tied for second place in the American League Wild Card Race with the Houston Astros. It is expected to face strong challenges from the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, which fell behind by one or two games in the second half.
Realistically, reinforcements are needed. Kevin Gaussman and Jose Berios played a big role at the end of the first half, but it was not an overwhelming performance when viewed calmly. Alec Manoa, who has successfully returned from rebalancing in the minor leagues, Chris Bassitt and Yusei Kikuchi, who have had many ups and downs, and Ryu Hyun-jin, who will return at the end of this month after Tommy John surgery and rehabilitation, are hard to see as clear cards.
The Jace Journal pointed out that Toronto was 7-20 against teams in the American League East in the first half of this year, and 23-31 against teams with a win rate of over 50%. In a word, the +9 win/loss deficit in the first half means that it is the result of thoroughly catching the weak.
It is necessary to advance to the postseason, but considering the postseason, being weak against strong teams is a concern. You cannot increase your strength in a short period of time, and there is no magic bullet like recruiting a powerful ace to compete on an equal footing in short-term matches. In other words, if a super-special ace is added to the current force, Toronto can also gain competitiveness in short-term battles.메이저놀이터
However, the Jace Journal observed that it was unclear whether a big deal would actually be possible, as Toronto acquired Jose Berrios from the Minnesota Twins ahead of the trade deadline for the 2021 season. This means that we have to wait and see whether they will release promising players worthy of a big deal.
The trade deadline is August 1st. 20 days left. There is no time to rest because of the All-Star break. The Jays Journal said, “Toronto’s lack of starting pitcher and bench depth is clear, and it appears ready to be a buyer ahead of the trade deadline. It looks like we will add potential postseason gamemakers by the 1st of next month.”
Realistically, in order for Toronto to have a stronger competitiveness, it is only right that they build a starting lineup with a new ace, Gaussman, Berrios, and Ryu Hyun-jin. At this point, Ryu Hyun-jin’s healthy return is a very basic condition for Toronto.