Who will be the first starter for the Toronto Blue Jays, where Ryu Hyun-jin is absent in the first half?
Toronto’s opener starter this season is either one-two puncher Kevin Gaussman or Alec Manoa. Gaussman is the ace that Toronto signed a five-year, $110 million free agent contract a year ago and ‘brought it’. It’s hard to deny that Gaussman is Toronto’s leading starter in terms of experience and skill.
If you look at ESPN’s Toronto Depth Chart, 스포츠토토 a sports channel specializing in sports, Gaussman is the first starter and Manoa is the second starter. Next, Chris Bassett, Jose Berrios, and Yusei Kikuchi are introduced as the 3rd to 5th starters.
However, the opinion that Manoa, who has grown rapidly, should be considered as the first starter, is rather dominant. MLB.com ranks the rotation in the order of Manoa, Gaussman, Berrios, Bassett, and Kikuchi on the Toronto Depth Chart.
Toronto fan media Blue Jays Nation also ranked Toronto pitchers on the 31st (Korean time), ranking Manoa first and Gaussman second. The media said, ‘Is anyone surprised by Manoa’s first selection? He will be the best pitcher on the team this year as well as last year. Classified as the pitcher with the lowest hard hit rate, he will continue his powerful pitch this year as well. He said his projected earned run average this year is 2.20’.
Manoa became a Cy Young-class pitcher last year. He started 31 games and threw 196⅔ innings, going 16-7 with a 2.24 earned run average and 180 strikeouts. He led the team in wins, earned run average and innings pitched. He was selected as an All-Star for the first time, and finished third in the American League Cy Young Award voting.
The Blue Jays Nation mentioned Manoa, followed by Gaussman, Jordan Romano, Eric Swanson, Imi Garcia, Anthony Barth, Berrios, and Bassett in that order.
Among them, Bassit draws attention. The media said, ‘Bassett has pitched more than 400 innings over the past three years and recorded an ERA of 3.13. Although the defense-related stats have decreased somewhat over the past three years, no one can underestimate the FIP of 3.52,” he said.
However, Ryu Hyun-jin was also mentioned in this passage. The media said, “Objectively, a question mark is attached to the 5th selection, but Ryu Hyun-jin is ahead of a comeback.” If Ryu Hyun-jin makes a comeback in July at the earliest, he can start as the 5th starter, which means that the Toronto starters are strong enough to push the 2020 and 2021 opening game starters to the 5th starter.
Of course, this is only expected, and no one knows how the rotation will change when Ryu Hyun-jin returns.
The media continues to praise Bassett, saying, ‘His ERA this season is 4.00. That’s not such an unpleasant number. ‘He’s got a great arm,’ he said, ‘without a doubt.
Bassett has a career ERA of 3.45 and hasn’t dropped into the 4-point range since 2018. Of course, last year was the first time that the regulation innings were exceeded, but it is expected that the momentum will be able to continue. Bassett signed a three-year, $63 million contract with Toronto for an annual average of $21 million. The average annual salary is higher than Ryu Hyun-jin, Berrios, and Kikuchi. It must be seen that he has a corner to believe that much.
It is even more remarkable that this starting lineup is led by Manoa, who is the youngest at the age of 25 and has the lowest annual salary (720,000 dollars) in the major leagues.