WATCH: Pitcher shows incredible Matrix-style reflexes to dodge 90mph ball flying towards his head
McHugh was pitching to Oakland Athletics slugger Kendrys Morales, who fired the ball back at him chest-high at around 90 miles per hour in their game on Tuesday night.
And, just as Keanu Reeves’ character ‘Neo’ dodges bullets in slow-mo style in The Matrix, McHugh showed amazing reaction skills to bend backwards just in time to see the ball whizz inches from his face.
The Matrix comparisons were picked up on by a number of social media users – including the official Astros and MLB accounts.
Some, however, rather flippantly remarked that Neo had remained on his feet in the Matrix before returning upright, whereas McHugh had slumped to the ground afterwards.
Keanu Reeves didn’t fall. Anyone can bend over and fall down.— Eric Seligman (@secritagentman) April 17, 2019
Still, it was pretty impressive given his feat was very much fact rather than the stuff of Hollywood science fiction.
McHugh, 31, eventually helped the 2017 World Series champions claim a 9-1 victory over the Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.