Dodgers News: Hyun-jin Ryu is the Early Favorite For the Cy Young Award

Hyun-jin Ryu is leading the polls in his run at a Cy Young award in 2019.

Hyun-jin Ryu’s story has been one of the most entertaining in all of baseball during the 2019 season. The big southpaw from Incheon, South Korea is playing his sixth full season of Major League Baseball, and it’s shaping up to be his best year ever with the Dodgers. As of the most recent polls, Ryu leads baseball in Cy Young votes.

Ryu was off to a phenomenal start in his 2018 campaign before a groin injury derailed his season. He still managed to finish with a 1.97 ERA and a 1.008 WHIP to go along with a 7-3 record.

This year, Ryu is proving to be one of the most dominant pitchers in the game. He is 9-1 with a 1.27 ERA and 0.838 WHIP, tallying 90 strikeouts through 99 innings. He had a 32-inning scoreless inning streak at one point and has turned in 11 consecutive quality starts.

All of this is even crazier when you consider the fact the Ryu accepted a qualifying offer this past offseason for a meager $17.9 million. This comes just a few years after Ryu signed a relatively small, five-year contract with the Dodgers coming out of Korea.

Ryu truly has been everything the Dodgers could have imagined and more, and at an incredible price. Regardless of whether or not he takes home the award for Baseball’s best pitcher in 2019, Ryu will almost certainly receive a large contract when the season ends.

Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. Hi Brook,
    Good post on Ryu. He’s having a great year. What is the FO going to do about his contract situation? They can’t offer him another QO so he’ll be a FA at season’s end. And it seems he price is going up with every pitch he makes. Will they try to offer him some kind of extension, hope for the best in free agency or just let him walk because of the luxury tax?

  2. I’m scared to even think of what Boras will be seeking for Ryu, if he wins the Cy young, I’m nervous for all the Boras clients on this Dodger squad when their time comes up for FA contracts, I take solice in knowing we have a bright future within our farm system if we were to loose any to free agency.

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