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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Discusses Hyun-Jin Ryu; Philosophy at Coors Field

Coors Field continues to be a nightmare on the Dodgers calendar.

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10: Manager Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on prior to a game against the Oakland Athletics e at Dodger Stadium on April 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Everyone knows that it takes a different kind of game plan when it comes to playing and managing at Coors Field in Colorado. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts touched on the philosophy for starting pitchers there.

Roberts really hit the nail on the head there with this quote:

In Colorado, as a starting pitcher, the goal is to just pitch better than the other starting pitcher…

Of course, the Dodgers survived a slug-fest in Colorado last night, punctuated by 2 Muncy bombs, and a Kiké Hernandez pinch hit home run, that came with some extra curricular activities.


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Hyun-Jin Ryu at Coors Field

Dave was asked about Hyun-Jin Ryu’s first outing at Coors Field since 2017 where is pitched to a 10.13 ERA in 3 starts.

We don’t know what’s going to happen – he’s a completely different pitcher now. He’s been healthy for quite some time. And every time Hyun-Jin’s taken the mound [this season] he’s out-pitched that starter.

Of course concern comes with the altitude at Coors, but also with the unseasonable Colorado heat helping the ball fly. As evidenced by the combined 6 home runs between the two teams on Thursday night.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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