The 2023 MLB postseason, which determines the Major League (MLB) ‘champion’, will be held on the 4th (Korean time) with the American League (AL) and National League (NL) Wild Card Series (3 games) It ends with 2 wins.
The matchups are Texas Rangers-Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays-Minnesota Twins (AL), Arizona Diamondbacks-Milwaukee Brewers, and Miami Marlins-Philadelphia Phillies (NL).
Toronto, which took third place in the AL Wild Card race, meets Minnesota, which is ranked first in the American League Central Division.
From Toronto’s perspective, it would be less burdensome to face Minnesota, a ‘weak fall baseball team’, than to face its tough district rival, Tampa Bay.
Toronto, which joined MLB in 1977, won the World Series twice in 1992 and 1993.
I have a dark memory of failing to advance to the postseason for 21 consecutive seasons from 1994, the year after winning the World Series, to 2014.
From 2020, when Ryu Hyun-jin (36) was hired, to this year, he advanced to the postseason three times in four seasons, opening a second heyday.
In order to be recognized as a true ‘heyday’, a World Series championship trophy for the first time in 30 years is needed.
This season, the American League is in the ‘Spring and Autumn Warring States Period’ where there is absolutely no strong player, so any team is expected to be able to advance to the World Series if they catch the momentum.
Toronto’s opponent, Minnesota, is a team suffering from a severe fall baseball jinx and is on an 18-game losing streak in the postseason, the longest in North American professional sports.
Minnesota’s last postseason victory was in Game 1 of the 2004 AL Division Series (DS) against the New York Yankees, and they were eliminated after losing Games 2 to 4 of that series.
If Toronto passes Minnesota and passes the wild card, it will enter a best-of-five division series starting on the 8th with the Houston Astros, the team ranked first in the American League West and winning the World Series championship trophy last season.
The winner of the Texas-Tampa Bay wild card will play the division series with the Baltimore Orioles, first place in the American League East Division.
In the National League, the Arizona Diamondbacks-Milwaukee Brewers and the Miami Marlins-Philadelphia Phillies will play a wild card series.
The winner of Miami-Philadelphia will face the Atlanta Braves, the team ranked first in the National League East, the strongest candidate to win the World Series, and the winner of Arizona-Milwaukee will face the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are mentioned as Atlanta’s only opponent.
The Championship Series (CS), a best-of-7 game, starts with the American League on the 16th, and the World Series, a best-of-7 game to determine the ‘Legend of the Fall’, opens on the 28th.
It is difficult for the ‘Korean Big Leaguer’ to expect active baseball action this fall.
Ryu Hyun-jin, whose four-year contract with Toronto ends this season, is expected to be left out of the 26-man wild card roster.먹튀검증
Local media predicts that Toronto will form a postseason starting lineup of Kevin Gozman, Chris Bassett, Jose Berrios, and Yusei Kikuchi.
MLB.com reported, “It will be difficult for fifth starter Ryu Hyun-jin to receive postseason pitching duties.”
However, if there is an injury to the existing starting lineup or if the team’s slump continues, an opportunity may arise.
Yahoo Sports predicted, “Ryu Hyun-jin, who is efficient when making long throws, will finish the season without participating in the postseason unless there are injured or underperforming players in the starting lineup.”
The San Diego Padres, which includes the Korean duo of Kim Ha-seong (27) and Choi Ji-man (32), and the Pittsburgh Pirates of Bae Ji-hwan (24) both failed to advance to the postseason.