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.
Update: Since the start of 2018, Hyun-Jin Ryu has tossed 141 2/3 innings with 148 strikeouts. He holds a 1.78 ERA (best in that span) and 0.90 WHIP (tied for second in that span). https://t.co/hvAxc9Sy5Q
— Daniel Preciado (@DanJPreciado) May 19, 2019
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.
Hyun-Jin Ryu's scoreless streak at 29 thru 5 IP today. Only 30 more to go to match Orel Hershiser's record. #Dodgers pitchers have 4 of the 10 longest scoreless streaks in MLB history
1-Hershiser 59 IP (1988)
2-Drysdale 58 (1968)
4-Greinke 45 2/3 (2015
T10-Kershaw 41 (2014)
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 19, 2019
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.