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Dodgers: Hyun-Jin Ryu Extends Scoreless Streak to 31 Innings

Ryu has dazzled this season and is approaching some big names and big Dodgers records.

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)

Hyun-Jin Ryu has been the Dodgers’ ace this season. Moreover, he has arguably been the best starting pitcher in baseball since the start of the 2018 season. He has anchored the staff here in 2019.

He has enjoyed an exceptional start to the season, tossing 59 1/3 innings with 59 strikeouts, to go along with a stellar 1.52 ERA and 0.74 WHIP. His ERA and WHIP are tops in the majors, and he has a Player of the Week award already under his belt.

A Man Amongst Men

Since the start of the 2018 season and among pitchers who have made more than 20 starts, Hyun-Jin Ryu has the lowest ERA in baseball and is tied for second for the lowest WHIP. In the ERA category, Jacob deGrom is in second and is 36 points behind him, albeit in a larger sample size. In WHIP he is tied with Chris Sale and 2 points behind Justin Verlander. Those are some names.

Ryu has allowed only one run in the month of May, and has tossed 31 consecutive innings of scoreless baseball which is quite the feat. The Dodgers have had their fair share of historic runs of scoreless inning streaks, with four of the longest ten streaks in the Live-Ball Era being owned by Dodger starters.

Dodgers Historical View

In 1968, Don Drysdale set the all-time record of 58 scoreless innings that was broken 20 years later by another Dodger, The Bulldog.

In 1988, the last time the Dodgers won the World Series, Orel Hershiser put together a 59-inning scoreless streak which stands as the record to this day.

In 2014 and 2015 respectively, Clayton Kershaw compiled 41 consecutive scoreless and Zack Greinke tossed 45 2/3 of his own.

Ryu still has a long way to go but he has firmly implanted himself among the all-time leaders over the last century as well as in Dodgers history.

Let’s see how long he can go, but there is no doubt in my mind he can make a strong push for the all-time record.

Enjoy this while you can.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Rye has certainly assumed the mantle of “King of the Staff”. His last outings have been nothing short of superlative. And, if we can continue to hit with authority, Kersh, Maeda, and Hill will be able to stay in most games a bit longer!!! Happy to see us playing well in all facets of the game, though Yimi’s last effort left much to be desired. Go Blue!!!!

  2. BLUE LOU! It is also good to see some of the Dodger’s LHB doing quite well against LHP. But I fear that anytime we do face a LHP we will see Robert’s famous ‘platoon’ lineups and I doubt that will change anytime soon.

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