The sluggishness of Alec Manoa (25, Toronto Blue Jays) is not unusual.
Manoa had his first loss of the season (1 win) with 4 ⅔ innings, 9 hits (1 home run), 5 strikeouts, 4 walks and 7 runs in a home game against the 2023 Major League Tampa Bay Rays held at Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 17th (hereinafter Korean time). embraced 1 win 1 loss ERA 6.98 in 4 games of the season.
Looking at Manoa’s season, I feel lucky to record his first loss on this day. In the opening match against the St. Louis Cardinals on March 31, he was sluggish with 9 hits (2 homers), 3 strikeouts, 2 walks and 5 runs in 3⅓ innings. On the 6th, against the Kansas City Royals, he seemed to be recovering by winning his first win of the season with 1 hit, 5 strikeouts, and no runs in 7 innings.
However, on the 12th against the Detroit Tigers, he was shaken again with 4 hits (1 home run), 3 strikeouts, 5 walks and 3 runs in 4⅓ innings. 2 matches in a row so far. In 4 games, 19⅓ innings, 23 hits, 16 strikeouts, 17 walks, and 15 earned runs. Definitely different from last year.
The pitch was a mess. As soon as the play ball was declared to start the game, leadoff Yandi Diaz reached base with a sand dune. When he gave up walks to Brandon Lowe and Wander Franco, his impact was quite wide. There were too many balls clearly out of the strike zone. Four-seamers and sinkers with a range of around 95 miles were often driven to the center.
If you can’t fight the timing, you have to use the border line, and if you can’t use the border line, you can take advantage of the hitting timing of hitters with proper pitch design. However, on this day, Manoa was too anxious about the command of each type of pitch. In the end, he was battered and couldn’t digest 5 innings. Looking back on the 4 games after the opening, it is a failing point for the first starter.
Manoa entered the big league in the 2021 season and was called Ryu Hyun-jin Hope or Ryu Hyun-jin Gum. The quick adaptation to Korean food and the humorous treatment of Ryu Hyun-jin were all conspicuous, but Ryu Hyun-jin’s ability to take away the good points of his baseball and make it his own was the most noteworthy. This is why it is difficult to say that Ryu Hyun-jin did not have a share in the American League Cy Young Award with an average ERA of 2.24 of 16 wins and 7 losses in 31 games in the 2022 season. 메이저사이트
However, Manoa is not yet a player with a clear average. This is because he only had one year of active season at the top level. So this season is important, but the beginning is not too good. He is far from the good rhythm and balance of last year.
Toronto’s starting lineup is all insecure except for Kevin Gaussman at the beginning of this season. There are signs that Yusei Kikuchi will come back to life, but we have to watch more, and new faces Chris Bassett and Jose Berrios are also hard to believe. In this situation, it is fatal for even Manoa to be anxious. The Toronto starters are 11th in the American League with an ERA of 5.53 through the 17th.