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Dodgers: Hyun-Jin Ryu Named NL Player of the Week

Ryu tosses shutout and near no-hitter en route to MLB weekly honor

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Oct 13, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in game two of the 2018 NLCS playoff baseball series at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Hyun-Jin Ryu was named the National League Player of the Week this morning as a way to recognize his fantastic performance on the mound recently.

Ryu has enjoyed a fantastic start to the 2019 season, posting a 1.72 ERA and 0.73 WHIP with 54 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings pitched. He has been the Dodgers’ ace so far this season and this award recognizes that achievement.

After having a 2018 season of both outstanding performance and injuries, Ryu has come out strong this season. In 2018 and 2019 combined, Hyun-Jin Ryu has held a 1.87 ERA and 0.90 WHIP, with the ERA mark being the absolute best among starting pitchers with 130 innings thrown in that span.

The top 10 starters in that span are some of the best in baseball, including Jacob deGrom, Trevor Bauer, Max Scherzer, and teammate Clayton Kershaw. Ryu has been better than all of them.

This week in particular, Ryu took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals on May 12th and tossed a complete-game shutout on May 7th against the Atlanta Braves. In both outings combined, he tossed 17 innings, amassing 15 strikeouts, while only allowing five hits and one walk. This is a beyond impressive feat.

Congratulations to Hyun-Jin Ryu on the accomplishment and let’s hope to see more of the same out of him with the season now in full swing.

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Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics and Broadcast Journalism dual major 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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