Batter possessed chameleon pitch… Ryu Hyun-jin’s ‘Monster’s Color’

“Veteran crafty, throwback lefty.”

This is what Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider called Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto). That means he’s clever on the mound and handles hitters well.

On the 27th (Korean time), Ryu Hyun-jin started in the 2023 Major League Cleveland Guardians home game held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and recorded 4 hits (2 homers), 5 strikeouts and 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings. He did not give up a single walk. 70 pitches (49 strikes). Using Ryu Hyun-jin’s good pitch as a stepping stone, Toronto won 8-3 and escaped the recent three-game losing streak. Ryu Hyun-jin continued his three-game winning streak after the Chicago Cubs game on the 14th. He underwent left elbow ligament joint surgery at a not small age and returned to the big leagues after 14 months. This is why director Schneider is surprised.

Ryu Hyun-jin cooked Cleveland’s batting line with clever pitching that controlled the strength and weakness. His highest velocity of his fastball was 146km/h, but he took away the opponent’s timing by throwing a mix of a changeup and a curveball with a large drop. After 2 outs in the top of the 4th inning, he took a strike against Andres Jimenez with a curve at 68.1 miles per hour (109.6 km) for the first pitch, induced a foul with a cutter at 85.1 miles per hour (137 km), and then missed with a curve at 64.6 miles per hour (104 km) in the third pitch. The highlight was the swing strikeout. It was a 64.6 mph curve that was more effective than a 100 mph (161 km) fastball.

Coach Schneider said in an interview with local newspapers such as the Toronto Line after the game, “(Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitching) was amazing and efficient. He had good control and I thought he was really great,” he praised Ryu Hyun-jin, saying, “He has excellent judgment on his pitch and batter’s movement, and he can adjust his speed like the best pitcher in the league.” Regarding the change of Ryu Hyun-jin, who had a low number of pitches in the top of the 6th inning due to a series of fielder errors, he explained that “because we have good options in our bullpen.” Lee Mi-mi Garcia, who got on the mound after Ryu Hyun-jin went down, gave the first hitter a ball that hit her body and gave up one point, but all the other three batters struck out.안전놀이터

Ryu Hyun-jin said through an interpreter, “I am satisfied because all pitches are going well overall,” and “the most important thing is that I can do what I did today because my body is healthy.” Regarding rookie second baseman Davis Schneider, who made a big success with 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 RBIs and 3 runs on the day, including the final home run, he said, “After coming up from the minor leagues, he has been doing well for our team in all aspects of offense, defense and running.”

Ryu Hyun-jin, who won 3 wins (1 loss) in the season, had an average ERA of 2.25. On that day, 41,924 full spectators entered the Rogers Center to confirm the health of team ace Ryu Hyun-jin. Toronto is currently competing for the American League wild card with 71 wins and 59 losses (0.546 win rate).

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