In an 0-2 series hole, the Dodgers head home for three games starting tomorrow night and rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu will make the biggest start of the Dodger season.
Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw tossed back-to-back spectacular performances, but it was the Dodger offense that let them down. For the series, the Dodgers are hitting .063 with runners in scoring position. However, tomorrow night, Ryu will make his second start of the postseason and will look to improve upon a poor performance in the NLDS.
Speaking to the media before the Dodger workout this afternoon, Ryu had a very interesting response about pitching deep into games according to Pedro Moura of the OC Register:
Hyun-Jin Ryu said pitching deep into playoff games isn’t important: “Truthfully, if I was out there for 5 innings, I’d be more than happy.”
— Pedro Moura (@PedroMoura) October 13, 2013
In his start in Game 3 against the Braves last week, Ryu only made it through three innings as Chris Capuano bailed the Dodgers out with three shutout innings of relief. Tomorrow night is a different story as the Dodgers will face Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright and instead of Capuano behind him, Edinson Volquez looms if he gets into trouble.
Much has been made about Ryu’s struggles as he and the Dodgers maintain that he’s healthy, but he’s clearly not the same pitcher he was early on in the season. Still, he’s fared much better at home during the regular season while the Cardinals struggle against left-handed pitchers.
The Dodgers will need a strong outing from Ryu as the Dodger offense will also need to wake up if they have any hopes of coming back against the Cardinals.
In case you missed it, here’s the home run that sent the Dodgers to the NLCS!