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Hyun-Jin Ryu: Hyun-jin Ryu has thrown 10,643 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph), Change (80mph) and Cutter (87mph), also mixing in a Sinker (91mph) and Curve (73mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (83mph) and Slow Curve (65mph).
His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action and has essentially average velo. His change generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sink to it. His cutter generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ cutters, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ cutters, has slightly above average velo, has some natural sink and has strong cutting action. His sinker results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers. His curve has sweeping glove-side movement, has below average velo, has a sharp downward bite and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves. His slider generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ sliders, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders and has some two-plane movement. His slow curve is a real yakker that’s separated from his other curveball due to its big drop and slow speed.
Sean’s Note: After being sidelined with shoulder injuries for part of 2018, Ryu is dominating in 2019. His 1.36 ERA is the best for any starter in baseball. He has walked five hitters in 86 innings, a 1.4% walk rate. The fact he has stranded 97% of base runners means some regression is likely, but he has still been awesome. For some context, in 58.2 innings in May and June the Korean native has allowed a grand total of 4 runs.
Sean’s Note: Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I for some reason had yesterday’s game listed at 9:10 when it was actually at 8:10. I’m really certain I have the time right today, I triple checked. The Cubs got a huge dramatic win Saturday thanks to Anthony Rizzo‘s 9th inning homer. Joe Maddon is shaking up his lineup with Javy Báez hitting leadoff and David Bote in the five-hole. It won’t be easy against the smoking hot Hyun-Jin Ryu.