Blue Jays pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu striking out Nathaniel Lowe on a ridiculously slow pitch Photo Credit: Sportsnet

Pitching in the MLB is most definitely a young man’s game, which means that older pitchers need to get creative as to how they go about getting hitters out. Blue Jays veteran Hyun Jin Ryu did just that on Tuesday night with a ridiculously slow pitch that completely stumped a Rangers hitter.

Ryu has never had an overly powerful pitching style, but he has been as crafty as any pitcher in the league for years now. This has helped him tremendously in building a very respectable 10-year MLB career.

Ryu came up against Rangers slugger Nathaniel Lowe in the top of the fourth inning, where he got off a good start early by getting his two first pitches of the at-bat across for a strike.

He then dropped an absolute hammer of a curveball in for strike three, absolutely freezing Lowe at the plate who could only walk away looking silly to the dugout. The pitch officially came in at 63 miles per hour.

Lowe probably hasn’t seen a pitch this slow in the entirety of his MLB career, so it’s no shock that he looked completely confused when he came across it.

Fans took to social media to offer their reaction to the nasty curveball.

With all the emphasis that has been put on velocity in recent years, a properly thrown curveball has become sort of a lost art in the game of baseball. But it is nice to see someone using it to great effect in 2023.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.