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.
The runs allowed by Hyun-Jin Ryu in the sixth inning were unearned. His ERA is now down to 1.26.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) June 17, 2019
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.
Quick #RyuDay stat an hour before 1st pitch: since the start of 2018, Hyun-Jin Ryu is 12-2 w/ a 0.95 ERA in 17 regular + postseason starts at Dodger Stadium. That's the best home ERA in MLB over that span #Dodgers
Yes, an ERA below 1.00 over 17 starts….just silly
— Rick Krajewski (@Rick_K21) June 22, 2019
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.