From former director Charlie Montoyo to current director John Schneider. He called Ryu Hyun-jin (36) a smart pitcher. And this clever strategy has also helped him overcome the ‘pitchers’ graves’.
Ryu Hyun-jin started in an away game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on the 2nd (Korea time) and went down the mound after five innings with four hits (one homer) and two walks, three strikeouts and two runs. 76 pitches. He backed out without losing or losing.
On this day, Ryu Hyun-jin produced the best result once again. He faced satisfactory results at Coors Field, the ‘grave of pitchers’, which he visited again in four years. On this day, Ryu Hyun-jin seemed to be shaking his control for a while and recorded a home run at Coors Field, but he did his part by pitching hard again until the fifth inning. He used 35 four-seam, 19 cutters, 12 curves, and 10 changeups. The maximum four-seam speed was 90.1 miles (145 kilometers) and the average speed was 87.9 kilometers (141.5 kilometers).
Ryu Hyun-jin’s main weapon this year was a “rainbow curve” in the early-mid 60-mile range. He used both the manned and decisive balls properly to take the batters’ spirits out. He played 30.2% four-seam and 25.3% changeup this year, and then threw 18.6% of the curve. Although it is a third type, the image and impact were different than ever. Cutters, which used to be the third ball instead of curves, have decreased their use to 11.3% this year. 스포츠토토
However, a different strategy was needed at Coors Field, located 1,600 meters above sea level. Coors Field, which has a high altitude above sea level, has less air resistance due to its thin oxygen, so the breaking ball falls less and the ball flies farther. It was not a stadium with the modifier “the tomb of pitchers” for no reason. Ryu also had a bad relationship with Coors Field. He had only a 7.09 ERA (26 ⅔ and 21 earned runs) in six games. Coors Field alone has dedicated eight homers. The POPS reached a whopping 1.074. Naturally, Ryu Hyun-jin’s main weapon, the curve, also had a risk that the angle could be softer than before.
However, he chose a ball combination that suppresses these threats himself. At the beginning of the game, he suppressed the curve as much as possible and did not use it as a decisive ball. He actively used the cutter, which was the smallest proportion this year. When he struck out Ezekiel Tova and Elias Diaz in a row in the first inning, the crystal ball was all cutters. He threw three consecutive cutters against Tova, drawing a strikeout. In the second inning, he also created a three-and-out inning with a combination of cutters and changeups.
In the third inning, his control faltered, and he was hit by a two-run shot by Elihuris Montero, who was then on the verge of second and third bases with one out. It was also the cutter that got him out of the crisis. Diaz threw a cutter to induce a grounder to the pitcher, so he breathed a sigh. Later, with two outs and runners on second and third bases, he struck out swinging by dropping a curve to the outside of lefty Ryan McMahon. Curve was hidden and picked up at the most crucial moment.
On the same day, he used 35 four-seam, 19 cutters, 12 curves, and 10 changeups. The maximum four-seam speed was 90.1 miles (145 kilometers) and the average speed was 87.9 kilometers (141.5 kilometers). A home run can be a shame. However, he showed clever pitching with a different strategy and produced the best results he could. The home run may be a shame, but considering that it was Coors Field, it can be said that he suppressed the long ball as much as possible. It was a game where five home runs were exchanged, so I had to think it was a constant to be a home run. In the meantime, Ryu Hyun-jin overcame the pitchers’ graves with a clever combination.
I once again confirmed that Ryu Hyun-jin is a smart pitcher. And Ryu led his team to victory. Danny Jansen’s two-run shot in the top of the sixth inning gave Ryu Hyun-jin a four-game winning streak. However, in the bottom of the sixth inning, Hennesis Cabrera got a come-from-behind three-run home run from Nolan Jones, and the victory was over. Still, pinch hitter Alejandro Kirk scored a three-run double with one out in the top of the seventh inning to turn the tables and win 13-9.