From hoping Hyun-jin Ryu to 3rd place in American League Cy Young voting. It wasn’t a coincidence.
Alec Manoa (Toronto Blue Jays) showed signs of a rebound. On the 29th (hereinafter Korean time), he started in the 2023 major league home game against the Seattle Mariners held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and scored 6 hits (1 home run) in 5 innings, 7 strikeouts, 4 walks and 2 runs. His ERA was 4.88. 안전놀이터
Manoa was fine with an average ERA of 3.10 with 2 wins and 2 losses in 5 demonstration games. However, once the season opened, he was shaken sharply. In the opening game against the St. Louis Cardinals on March 31, he was sluggish with 9 hits, 3 strikeouts, 2 walks and 5 runs in 3⅓ innings. On the 6th, against the Kansas City Royals, he threw well with 1 hit, 5 strikeouts, and no runs in 7 innings, but 5 walks left him feeling uncomfortable.
After that, on the 12th, against the Detroit Tigers, 4 hits, 3 strikeouts, 5 walks, and 3 runs against the Detroit Tigers, and on the 17th, against the Tampa Bay Race, it collapsed with 9 hits, 5 strikeouts, 5 strikeouts and 7 runs against the Tampa Bay Race on the 17th. After the opening, he threw 17 pitches in 19⅓ innings in 4 games. It certainly wasn’t the look of the 2022 season, when he finished third in the Cy Young vote. The fastball pitch and speed were similar, but the command was shaken.
However, there are signs of a rebound. On the 23rd, against the New York Yankees, he pitched his best pitch this season with 2 hits, 5 strikeouts, 1 walk and no run in 7 innings. And on this day, he showed compliance again against Seattle. Up to the 5th inning, the number of pitches reached 100, and I couldn’t digest many innings, but the content was good.
From the first inning, he boldly used a 93-94 mile sinker. He gave up a straight walk to Eugenio Suarez, and the group of pitches was still very wide. Still, he struck out Te Oscar Hernandez with a slider, making good use of the top and bottom of the strike zone.
In the 2nd episode, while using a slider to Carl Noli, he was hit with a superior solo shot. He gave up walks to JP Crawford and Colton Wong, but made good use of his changeup and slider to Jose Caballero and Thai France. In the 3rd inning, he used a changeup on Jared Kalanick, allowed a heavy hit and stolen second base, and then put a good low outside changeup on Nolly, but was hit at the right time. In the fourth inning, he got a heavy hit from Julio Rodriguez, but failed to steal second base and went over to three batters. In the 5th inning, the 2nd baseman caught Knolly with a changeup and grounded the first baseman and finished the inning. He did not record a win or loss.
In the last 2 games, 12 innings, 8 hits, 12 strikeouts, 6 walks, 2 runs, an ERA of 1.50. The ball is still a problem, but it is also true that the ability to control runs has improved compared to the very beginning of the season. In April, the average ERA was 3.86 with 1 win and 1 loss in 5 matches. He laid the foundation for a rebound.