Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jose Berrios (29) continues to be sluggish this year.

Berrios started against the Los Angeles Angels in the 2023 Major League Baseball held at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA on the 9th (Korean time).

Early in the game, Berrios pitched well. He signaled a good start by blocking the first and second innings with three batters.

Berrios’ good fight did not last long. In the middle of the game, he faltered and conceded a lot of runs. In the bottom of the third inning when the team was leading 4-0, Luis Renhipo gave up an RBI on a ground ball from third base, making the score 4-1. At the bottom of the 4th inning, Anthony Rendon grounded RBIs from Musa 2nd and 3rd base, and Hunter Renfro 1 RBI and double hit from Musa 3rd base, and was pursued 4-3.

Bottom of the 5th inning when the team scored a run to lead 5-3. Berrios gave up a solo home run to left-center hitter Renhipo. He was replaced with reliever Adam Simber at 1st and 2nd base safely, who allowed a fielder’s error and hit in 5-4, and finished the day’s appearance. Simber hit a three-run homer off Mike Trout to allow a 5-7 comeback. 메이저놀이터

Berrios’ final score was 4 innings, 6 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, 6 runs (4 earned runs). It is sluggish for two consecutive games following the season’s first appearance against the Kansas City Royals on the 4th (5⅔innings, 9 hits, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts, 8 runs).

Berrios left the Minnesota Twins for Toronto ahead of the 2021 trade deadline. Immediately after the transfer, he signed a 7-year, $131 million (approximately 172.7 billion won) contract extension, receiving much expectations. The team also considered him as a candidate for the first selection, but his performance did not live up to expectations. Until the last game, he is recording an average ERA of 4.94 in 248 innings in 45 games with 17 wins and 12 losses as a member of Toronto. He is far from the ace the team expected.

Toronto was in trouble with Berrios’ sluggishness. The starting lineup of the team is recording an average ERA of 5.31 with 4 wins and 3 losses and 42⅓ innings in 8 games since the opening. He ranks 23rd out of 30 teams. Among pitchers who threw more than two games, except for Kevin Gausman (12 scoreless innings) and Alec Manoa (5 runs in 10⅓ innings), they failed to show a stable pitch.

As Toronto’s troubles deepen, fans’ attention is focused on whether Berrios can show a reversal.

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