In Los Angeles, Father’s Day ran hand-in-hand with Ryu Day. In this case, it was another outing for Hyun-Jin Ryu that runs weren’t welcome.
Indeed, the Chicago Cubs scratched two runs on the board with Ryu on the bump on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. However, neither of these runs were earned runs.
What this means is Ryu hurled 7 more innings of baseball in which he didn’t allow an earned run. As the dust settles, Ryu’s season ERA sits at 1.26 on the season. Therefore, he’s reached a record in Dodgers history in terms of the statistic. Take a look at the tweet below.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 17, 2019
Now, since the ERA has been a stat; Ryu’s 1.26 ERA is the lowest by a Dodgers starting pitcher through 14 starts in history. Moreover, this dates back to 1912; so there’s a good chance that no one’s father who they watched the game with on Sunday was around back then.
How is that for putting things into perspective?
While it’s become clear that Cody Bellinger is one of the best every day players in the game, Ryu has established himself as baseball’s best starting pitcher. If you watch different aces around the league, no one keeps the opposition off-balance like Ryu at the present time.
This isn’t a case of a Dodgers site simply reaching or displaying bias. When Ryu takes the ball, the other team isn’t getting much. Other factors like ballpark, opposing lineup, daylight or moonlight simply have not mattered. He’s developed the reputation in league circles of a guy you just don’t square up much.
Right now, Ryu Day is synonymous to a shut-down performance of the opposition; and a great chance at winning the ballgame. In fact, he’s been so stellar that you wish he could take the ball every other day.
While you’re enjoying the historic run of Ryu’s 2019 season, make sure you brush up on the unique routine that has brought him this success. And when is the next time he gets the ball again? Four days in between an event never seemed so long.