Blue Jays: Reviewing Every Reliever After the First Month
Seung-hwan Oh – The Final Boss
Seung-hwan Oh, affectionately known as “The Final Boss”, is one of the most decorated pitchers in Korean baseball. Having dominated the KBO, he came to the States to play for the Cardinals. After becoming a free agent, he signed with the Jays on a major league deal with a series of options.
Simply put, Oh has been awesome this season. With a 2.38 ERA, Oh has appeared in 13 games, pitching 11.1 frames striking out 12. While his WHIP is a little high at 1.41, it’s steadily improving as the season progresses.
There was some concern in the offseason about his arm, as he was dropped by the Texas Rangers days after reportedly agreeing to a contract. There have been no signs of injury so far. Even though he’s thrown quite a lot of innings, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
Oh, a native of Jeongeup, South Korea, has appeared primarily in the seventh inning, pitching mostly in close or tied ballgames. Along with Barnes, Oh makes up a strong middle relief duo that has consistently been able to effectively bridge the gap to star closer, Roberto Osuna.
He’s been efficient with his pitches and has gotten his outs mostly via the fly ball. He’s allowed three earned runs and has two holds, with a record of 1-0. He’s been able to pitch on zero days of rest and has consistently laid off the walks to make his innings quick and clean.