May 31, 2021 10:14
Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays had to contend with challenging weather conditions to earn his fifth win of the season in an away game against the Cleveland Indians in Ohio on May 28.
Ryu threw 91 pitches over five innings in rain and strong winds of 13m/s with the mercury at 10 degrees Celsius and a windchill factor of between 3 and 5 degrees. The wind was so strong the rain fell horizontally. He had to blow on his hands from time to time to keep them warm, and his control was affected by the bad weather. In the first inning alone he allowed two walks and three hits, giving up two runs.
But Ryu adjusted and regained his control from the second inning. He only needed 59 pitches in the next four innings, giving up just one hit. He eventually gave up four hits, two walks and two runs while striking out six over the five innings.
The game was called due to the heavy rain in the bottom of the seventh, when the Blue Jays were leading 11-2, giving Ryu a win. His ERA now stands at 2.62.
After the match, Ryu said, "I don't think I've ever pitched in this kind of weather in my life. The rain and wind were so bad that I couldn't get my velocity up to the normal level."
The Major League season is about one-third complete, with each team having played around 50 games so far. If Ryu maintains his current form, he may well achieve 15 wins this season, breaking his personal best of 14, which he achieved in 2013, 2014 and 2019. Ryu is currently in sixth place in ERA and eighth in wins in the American League.
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