Hyun-Jin Ryu has made two starts in 2017, which is more than the last two years combined.
He’s had moments, but overall it’s been what you’d expect from a talented player who’s missed significant time. Ryu has lost both his decisions, and currently holds a 5.79 ERA. His velocity was a bit down Thursday, resulting in two Cubs homers.
The weather isn't exactly helping, but Hyun-Jin Ryu's fastball is a tad short. Curious to see where it registers on the gun in the 4th/5th.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) April 13, 2017
Ryu is still regaining his strength, so patience is regarded velocity-wise. He was in the upper-80s his first start, giving up two runs in 4.2 innings at Coors Field. It was a better performance than the box score indicated, but Thursday was worse. He gave up four runs and never appeared comfortable on the hill.
It’s a process for Ryu. Fellow often-injured starter Brandon McCarthy has rebounded better, with a 1.20 ERA in 12 innings. But the Dodgers can afford to give Ryu time. He was once considered a luxury, and now pairs with McCarthy to make one of baseball’s best backends. If Ryu’s flashes gain consistency, Los Angeles will be in quite an enviable position.