The National League Cy Young front-runner Hyun-Jin Ryu has had an incredible season.
His earned-run average of 1.64 leads all major league starting pitchers by almost a full run. In July, he became the first South Korean pitcher to start an All-Star game.
A key to his success is that he commands five different pitches equally well, making him one of baseball's most unpredictable pitchers.
Here's how he does it
How Ryu’s arsenal compares to fellow Cy Young contenders
Ryu is having the best season, clocking in his lowest ERA in his six year career.
The shoo-in Hall of Famer increases the use of his slider the deeper he gets in the count.
The three-time strikeout leader throws fewer fastballs when he gets two strikes on a batter.
Batters are much more likely to get a changeup from Castillo on a two-strike count.
Like Scherzer, Buehler relies primarily on his four-seam fastball, and he rarely throws a changeup.
The Braves’ rising star relies on sinkers but will throw sliders and changeups with two strikes.
Sources: baseballsavant, baseball-reference.com
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