Dodgers ace Hyun-Jin Ryu is leading in the updated National League Cy Young poll, in what has essentially become a two-player race. Ryu represents the Dodgers while Max Scherzer is in the hunt with the Nationals. Here is a breakdown of how their seasons have gone.
Italics indicates league leader.
So Ryu is just gonna run away with this Cy Young?
— Rafa Nieves (@mlb_agent) July 31, 2019
This will be a close race until the end, and it may depend on which player remains healthy. The Dodgers already have the better record and will likely finish with the best record in the Major Leagues. Scherzer has definitely struck more batters out, however, Ryu has allowed fewer runs. He carries a ridiculous 1.53 earned run average on the season thus far.
Since the All-Star break, Hyun-Jin Ryu has a record of 2-0 in 4-games pitched before hitting the injured list over the weekend with a neck issue. When Ryu has been active, the Dodgers have gone 4-0, and he has pitched to an ERA of 1.59 while striking out 18 batters.
Scherzer pitched in just one game since the All-Star break before hitting the IL. In that start, he pitched 5 innings and struck out 8 batters.
As mentioned earlier, this race could come down to who remains healthy.
MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac shared his thoughts on the NL Cy race a few weeks ago.
When the season started, you think of the Dodgers, you think of Clayton Kershaw, you think of Walker Buehler — monster first half of the season [for Hyun-Jin Ryu].
He is the present day version of David Wells. He commands the strike zone, flips his breaking ball over for strikes, this is like splitting hairs. Max Scherzer, right now, might be the hottest in baseball. I would say Ryu by the slimmest margin.
Hyun-Jin Ryu should be the Cy Young winner. Mostly because the Dodgers could very well end with the best record in baseball, and will likely end up with slightly better numbers than Scherzer, aside from strikeouts. Although he’s given up more hits, he’s allowed 10 fewer runs than Scherzer has. Ryu has 2 more wins than Scherzer, and 3 fewer losses, which could ultimately lock in the prestigious award.