Hyun-Jin Ryu will likely skip a start in September, per Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. Ryu already has 152.2 IP, this season, after pitching just 82.1 innings in 2018, and 126.2 innings in 2017. Ryu recent had neck stiffness which led him to the 10-day IL, and skipping a start could help Ryu’s case.
Dave Roberts said skipping a turn in September is possible for Hyun-Jin Ryu to mitigate possible fatigue. Ryu has thrown the most innings since 2014.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 24, 2019
Ryu is leading in the most recent NL Cy Young poll, as he is the favorite to win the award. However, that was before his two most recent starts where he has struggled. If skipping a start or two helps get him fully healthy and back on track, then that should take precedence. Ryu and the Dodgers’ focus is a World Series championship this season. So if Ryu misses a chance at winning the Cy Young award, to win the World Series, I think he would prefer the championship over an award.
In 24 starts this season, the lefty’s record now sits at 12-4 as his ERA is at 2.00 for the first time since May.
Ryu was on a roll until his last two starts. It could be due to fatigue, or it could be that lingering neck stiffness. Whatever the reason may be, skipping a start is imminent for Ryu, knowing the implications going into the postseason.