The Los Angeles Dodgers welcomed back left-handed starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu on Sunday after he was placed on the disabled list with a glute strain.
Ryu went seven strong innings, allowing one run and four hits to earn the win over the San Diego Padres. His return put the Dodger rotation at the healthiest it’s been since the trade deadline. Ryu joins Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Dan Haren and Roberto Hernandez.
According to Mark Saxon of ESPN LA, Dodger manager Don Mattingly is happy to see his “big three” back in the rotation:
Those three guys in particular are our guys. We think they’re as good as anybody, and any day can beat anybody,” Mattingly said. “It’s good to have them back and pitching well. Obviously, those are our guys and we kind of hang our hat on them.”
Kershaw is the best of the bunch and is considered a frontrunner for his third Cy Young award and possibly an MVP candidate. He is 16-3 with a 1.73 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 22 starts. He leads the league in ERA, wins, WHIP and complete games. The left-hander missed some time at the beginning of the season, but has came back stronger than ever.
The right-handed Greinke had a start pushed back recently due to elbow soreness; however, he has thrown well since the delay. He said he may not pitch at 100 percent again this season health-wise, but is confident he can continue to throw well. This year he’s 13-8 with a 2.72 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 27 starts. Meanwhile, Ryu returned from the DL to throw well on Sunday and the Dodgers will need him if they plan to make a run in the postseason. He’s 14-6 with a 3.18 ERA in 24 starts in his second full season in the big leagues.
The Dodgers will be counting on their big three to carry them down the stretch and in October.
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