Just a few days ago, Dodgers home game announcer and fan favorite, Joe Davis, offered an opinion on Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Hyun-Jin Ryu was REALLY good last year. Know he only made 15 starts, but how good is a 1.97 ERA? The only 2 qualifiers with better ERAs won the Cy Youngs.
— Joe Davis (@Joe_Davis) February 6, 2019
Dodger fans have got to love an announcer with such thoughtful insight on a player, particularly when a lot of Dodger fans probably didn’t notice the facts he offered. Let’s take a look at the facts provided by the numbers, shall we?
Closer Look At Ryu’s Numbers
- IP: 82.1
- H: 68
- R: 18
- BB: 15
- K: 89
- FIP: 3.00
- WHIP: 1.008
- H9: 7.4
- HR9: 1.0
Those numbers are incredibly impressive, save one small stain – small sample size. Small sample size can be dicey in this case though, because he did pitch 82 innings. It’s not like he only threw five games and now we’re judging him based on that. The ERA was obviously the lowest of his career, but that’s not the number I like most. This was the only year where his strikeout total was greater than his innings pitched total. The Dodgers pitching staff is well known for tweaking pitchers approaches to get more swing and misses–and whether we can credit the staff alone or Ryu himself is besides the point. The results are there, and Ryu was absolutely on fire this season.
Can We Expect Those Numbers for 2019?
The easy answer to say would be, ‘no’. This isn’t exactly the fairest thing to say, though. Another common expression is ‘regression to the mean’ which just means that when a player or team puts up incredible numbers, they’re inevitably going to perform back to an average level. There are obvious outliers in that idea, but I digress. Ryu’s performance doesn’t show of an anomaly. Maybe he won’t have a WHIP that low, but Ryu just might be the best #3 in Major League Baseball.
What are your thoughts? As a number three, is Ryu the best baseball has to offer? Let us know in the comments!
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