Ryu Hyun-jin, 36, the “Korean Monster” of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB), used four different pitches in his fourth start since returning to the big leagues. On July 21 (ET), he threw 83 pitches in five innings against the Cincinnati Reds. He threw a mix of 38 four-seam fastballs, 18 changeups, 16 curves, and 11 cutters.토스카지노
He gave up two runs, but they were unearned. Once again, he overcame some bad luck with errors to help his team to a 10-3 win. He has now pitched 14 consecutive scoreless innings, lowering his season ERA to 1.89. His comeback pitching has been perfect after a year and two months on the disabled list.
In this game, he used his ‘eight color pitches’ to cook the batters. He used his off-speed pitches and sharp delivery to get the job done. His fastball only touched 89.6 miles per hour (about 144.2 kilometers per hour). But it didn’t matter. He pitched comfortably with a four-seam fastball on the borderline and a changeup that threw hitters off their timing.
He walked just one and struck out seven. He threw 56 strikes out of 83 pitches, with four ground balls and three fly balls. He had plenty of support from his offense, which scored one run in the first, four in the second, and four in the third to earn his second win of the season. The win was significant because it came before the team’s off day on Thursday against the Chicago Cubs.
The decisive pitches that struck out the batters further illustrated his ‘eight-color pitching’. Early on, he used his changeup to get batters to swing at strikes, and when they started to focus on his fastball, he took a chance with his four-seam fastball. In the first inning, he struck out No. 2 hitter Matt McClain with a 78-mile-per-hour changeup on a 2-2 pitch count. In the second, he struck out Joey Votto for a three-pitch strikeout with a 65.5 mph (105.4 km/h) slower curveball.
In the third, he recorded two strikeouts. He got T.J. Hopkins back to his 85.9-mile-per-hour cutter on a 1-2 pitch count, and then used a perfectly timed 66.2-mile-per-hour curveball against Eli De La Cruz for a three-pitch strikeout. In the fourth inning, he turned to his four-seam fastball. He faced Noelby Marte in the fourth and induced a three-pitch strikeout with his fastest pitch of the day, an 89.6-mph four-seam fastball, and in the fifth, he struck out Hopkins on a full count with an 88.4-mph four-seam fastball. He then faced De La Cruz and threw a 66.8 mph (107.5 km/h) curveball for a three-pitch strikeout.
Changeup. His four-seam fastball sits in the low-to-mid 90 mph range, but it’s a pinpoint pitch that’s hard to get out of the zone. He mixes in a cutter that is slightly slower than his four-seam fastball, a changeup that sits between 120 and 130 mph, and a very slow “rainbow curve” that sits between 100 and 110 mph to keep batters guessing. He pitched a flawless game, striking out seven batters and using his offspeed pitches to his advantage.
In his return to the big leagues, he took a loss against the Baltimore Orioles, who have established themselves as the best team in the American League, giving up four runs in five innings. He followed that up with a no-hitter in the next three games, picking up two wins. Ryu has been a bright spot in Toronto’s late-season comeback.