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Dodgers News: Hyun-Jin Ryu Nominated for Cy Young Award

Babe Ryuth!

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ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 10: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the MLB game between Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)

Hyun-Jin Ryu. Babe Ryuth.

The Dodgers’ left-hander — now a free agent — has been nominated for the 2019 National League Cy Young Award. This is a well-deserved honor. Ryu had one of the best seasons for any Dodger pitcher not named Clayton Kershaw in recent memory.

The other pitchers nominated for the honor are the New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom and Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer. Ryu might not be the clubhouse favorite for this award, but he is very much deserving of the nomination.

In almost any other season, Ryu might be a shoo-in for the award. This year, however, deGrom, Scherzer, and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg all showed out.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu posted a fantastic list of stats this season: 2.32 ERA, 3.10 FIP, and 3.32 xFIP. While he might not have the strikeout numbers — 22.5 percent strikeout rate — he was elite at overall run prevention. Another amazing factor to Ryu’s stellar 2019 season was his 3.3 percent walk rate and 1.1 walks per nine innings rate.Will it be enough to win him the award? Let’s hope so.

Jacob deGrom

deGrom might be the clubhouse favorite to win this award. The 31-year-old posted a 2.43 ERA and 2.67 FIP with 255 strikeouts in 204 innings. His numbers are about as good as Ryu’s plus the strikeouts. The case for deGrom as the winner of the Cy Young Award is a lot clearer than the case for Ryu.

Max Scherzer

Scherzer missed a few starts in 2019, but was still dominant when he was on the field. Scherzer posted extraordinary marks of a 2.92 ERA, 2.45 FIP, and 2.88 xFIP. In his 172 1/3 innings, he struck out a whopping 243 batters.

Overall

Let’s hope Ryu gets this honor. If he does, he would join a long list of legends before him to win it in Dodger blue:

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor 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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  1. Unfortunately Ryu won’t win it. Because he lost big against the Yankees late in the season, gave up 7 runs, followed by another game against the Diamondbacks also giving up 7 runs. Those bias East Coast writers will point to that game and ask Ryu “if you can’t beat the Yankees, how could you deserve the Cy Young Award?”

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