The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Mets for the fourth consecutive time Tuesday in a streak that dates back to last season. Wednesday’s game with the Mets marks just shy of the halfway point on yet another nine-game road trip for the Dodgers.
Hyun-Jin Ryu makes his return from the 15-day disabled list after suffering from inflammation in his throwing shoulder. Ryu has made seven starts this season and is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA. Ryu has made two career starts against the Mets, including one at Citi Field. The Dodgers won both of his starts, but Ryu only earned the win for the game at Dodger Stadium.
In his April 25 outing at Citi Field, Ryu pitched seven innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out eight. Though it was just over three weeks ago, the last time Ryu was on the mound, he didn’t fare so well. The Colorado Rockies touched him up for six runs in five innings and dealt the left-hander his second loss on the season.
While Ryu hasn’t since taken the mound in an MLB game, the Dodgers were impressed enough with his simulated game over the weekend to forgo scheduling him for a rehab start.
Taking the mound for the Mets is Jacob deGrom. The right-hander, who like Rafael Montero on Tuesday, is making his second career start. deGrom went an impressive seven innings in his debut against the Yankees and caught a bad break as the Mets couldn’t generate any run support and lost a 1-0 game. Prior to being called up, deGrom was 4-0 with a 2.58 ERA over seven starts the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate.
With Juan Uribe placed on the DL, the Dodgers called up shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena. The young prospect was with the team’s Double-A affiliate and though Arruebarrena isn’t known for his bat, he brings with him a good glove. With Ryu being reinstated Chris Withrow won’t be available out of the bullpen as he’s been optioned to Triple-A. Andre Ethier is once again left out of the lineup and Justin Turner replaces Uribe at third.
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