A hidden gem is coming to light. It isn’t Alex Wood or Chris Taylor this time. This time, it’s Hyun-Jin Ryu.

 

Ryu has been stellar. Coming off of an injury that has sidelined him for two seasons. Ryu’s season line is now at 4 wins, with an ERA of 3.53 with 89 K’s and a WHIP of 1.28. Most importantly he has thrown back to back shut out games. Throwing 7 innings in each. Including a 1 hit over 7 innings in the last outing against the Mets. His ERA over the last month is 0.95!

Most Dodger fans have been so caught up in the acquisition of Yu Darvish, the stellar Cody Bellinger, and the newly refound Yasiel Puig that most have missed out on incredible Hyun-Jin Ryu has been.

 

Ryu, who was almost destined for a bullpen type of move, is making Dave Roberts’ job so much harder. Coming soon, Clayton Kershaw will be coming off the DL in preparation for playoffs. That leaves us with a rotation of Kershaw, Wood, Darvish, Hill and the fight for the fifth spot is between a stellar Ryu, Maeda, and McCarthy. Most likely the other two will find themselves as bullpen support during the playoffs.

The race for the NL West has gotten pretty boring for the Dodgers. They’re running away with it in beautiful fashion. The last competition is for that number five spot in the rotation. Regardless, having the depth at starting rotation is a luxury the Dodgers could have used in past playoff runs.

Should be an exciting final two month of baseball as the Dodgers head into enemy territory against the Diamondbacks in hopes to continue to thrive and spread their lead even more wide open.

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