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.
.@HyunJinRyu99 is the 2nd starter EVER to have 13 consecutive starts to begin a season allowing 2 runs or less (min 25 IP) …
Only Al Benton in 1945 had a longer streak (15 starts). pic.twitter.com/xdSnV1HERD
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 11, 2019
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.