Dodger ace Hyun-Jin Ryu has been fighting his usually impeccable command and appears to be mired in a mini-slump. In 3 August starts, the Korean Monster has an ERA of 5.82 in 17 innings pitched. However, the last 2 of those starts, he has totaled 10 innings pitched while allowing 11 earned runs.
The NL Cy Young favorite now finds himself with a season ERA of 2.00, with a record of 12-4.
?Pitcher on Pitcher Crime?
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Nasty 73mph Curveball vs. the Big?.
[I grant a pardon to Ryu because there were two runners in scoring position/Self Defense. ????] pic.twitter.com/SX10143XVY
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 24, 2019
Every ballplayer slumps, and yes, pitchers fall into the equation. While walks haven’t been an issue in this slump, his command does appear to be suffering. After serving up only 10 home runs all season, the All-Star lefty has now allowed 5 over his last 10 innings.
That is absolutely a cause for concern, but it should be something that Ryu will be able to overcome. He did spend a short period on the 10-day IL with neck stiffness — which seems to be floating around the clubhouse — so the injury could still be lingering. Or perhaps the short layoff took him out of his rhythm. It’s important to note that Ryu is now 9-1 at home, but 3-3 on the road.
Nevertheless, Ryu has had a great season thus far, and he should remain the favorite to win the NL Cy Young award. But, he needs to bounce back from these two performances, and fast. Not just to win the Cy Young award, but to get into a postseason groove. The Dodgers will need all hands on deck to make a run in the postseason, and Ryu will be vital to any potential World Series run.