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Dodgers: Hyun-Jin Just Keeps cRYUsing

The lefty continues to make history in 2019 and has a chance to break an MLB record.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 07: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium on May 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dodgers’ starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has been lights out all season and Monday was no different.

After throwing 6 innings and allowing one run against the Anaheim Angels, Ryu became the second starting pitcher in history to begin a season with 13 consecutive starts in which he allowed 2 runs or less, according to MLB Stats.

If Ryu allows 2 runs or less in his next two starts, he will tie the record for the longest streak in MLB history. Right now, the record belongs to Al Benton, who did it 15 consecutive times for the Detroit Tigers in 1945.

Benton finished the 1945 season with 191 2/3 innings pitched with a 2.02 ERA. Ryu is currently sporting a 1.36 ERA in 86 innings.

Aside from the one start on April 8, where he left with an injury, and his first start back on April 20, Ryu has gone at least 6 innings every game.

His next two starts line up at home against the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies.

By wins above replacement (WAR), the Cubs have the fifth best offense in baseball and the Rockies rank 22nd. By wOBA, the Cubs are fifth and the Rockies are 13th.

Ryu has been at his best when he’s pitching at Dodger Stadium. This season, he has a 1.01 ERA in 44 2/3 home innings, while limiting hitters to a .172/.182/.268 line.

If he is able to tie the record, he would likely face the Diamondbacks in Arizona for a chance to break the record. The Diamondbacks have the eight best offense by WAR and the 14th best by wOBA.

Will Ryu tie, or even break, Benton’s record? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Written by Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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  1. I turned off the hame last night with the Dodgers ahead 3 to 1. Just now thought to see if the Dodgers won and was livid to see they lost.
    You know, the old “pitcher’s throwing aspirin so let’s pull him at x amount of pitches”.
    This managing by stats is really beginning to affect my desire to pay much attention anymore, even though I’ve been a Dodgers fab since 1961.
    Hells Bells, what happened to the men in the game?

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