Hyun-Jin Ryu’s month of May has been nothing short of spectacular. This month, he’s gone 5-0 with a 0.59 ERA, and at one point, he held a 32 scoreless inning streak.
Not only that, but Ryu also pitched a complete game shutout in under 100 pitches on May 7 and flirted with a no-hitter in his next start.
On Thursday, the Dodgers pitcher added another remarkable feat to cap off his May for the ages.
With his start tonight, Hyun-Jin Ryu has now gone 11 straight starts allowing no more than 2 runs and 1 walk— a Live Ball Era record.
The only other pitchers in the Live Ball Era to do it in 10 starts in a row? Teammate Clayton Kershaw and opposing starter Jason Vargas.
— Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) May 31, 2019
According to Jeremy Frank, Kershaw’s streak of 10 games spanned from May to June of 2016 while Vargas happened over a longer period, from May of 2015 to April of 2017.
With Vargas included, this is somewhat of an odd list to be a part of, but generally, any time a pitchers’ name is mentioned with the likes of Kershaw, it’s impressive nonetheless.
This isn’t Ryu’s first year helping towards the team’s success, but his contributions have been limited due to multiple injuries and surgeries over the past few years. Since coming to the Dodgers in 2013, Ryu has had multiple stints on the then disabled list, missing all of the 2015 season and much of the 2016 season.
When Ryu has been healthy, however, he’s shown ace-like potential and rarely walks many batters in each start.
This season, he’s been the Dodgers best pitcher, and arguably the best pitcher in all of baseball. He’s a favorite to start the All-Star game in July and an early favorite at the National League Cy Young award.
Ryu is scheduled to make his next start on June 4 when the Dodgers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 6:40 pm at Chase Field.