The timing of Ryu Hyun-jin’s (36-Toronto Blue Jays) resurgence ahead of free agency is unbelievable. It’s his own good fortune, as he overcame a hopeless situation without giving up. 안전놀이터

Ryu started the 2023 Major League Baseball World Series away game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., on Nov. 21 (KST), throwing 83 pitches over five innings, allowing four hits, one walk, seven strikeouts and two runs (no earned) to lead Toronto to a 10-3 victory.

It was his first win in 444 days, coming against the Chicago Cubs on April 14 (five innings, two hits, two walks, three strikeouts, two runs allowed). With his second win in four starts, Ryu lowered his ERA from 2.57 to 1.89. It was his 17th consecutive scoreless inning, dating back to his last start against the Baltimore Orioles in his return from injury.

Slower, slower, slower… Pitching like a baseball guru, teaching a 100-mph fireballer a lesson

Against Cincinnati, Ryu was pitching like a baseball guru. While his four-seam fastball topped out at 89.6 mph (144.2 km/h) and averaged 87.4 mph (140.7 km/h), he used four different pitches, including a changeup (38), curve (16), and cutter (11). His “slower, slower, slower” delivery was on full display, with his fastball touching as low as 65.5 mph (105.4 km/h).

He struck out seven batters, his most since returning from injury, four of them for strikes, highlighting his off-speed pitches and knife-like delivery. In the fourth inning, he struck out right-hander Noelby Marte with back-to-back two- and three-pitch cutters and a four-seam low to the body. It came in like a machine, on the same pitch, without a single error. It’s a hard pitch to hit, and when another one comes in, the batsman is stuck.

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