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Is Dodgers Ace Hyun-Jin Ryu In A Mini-Slump?

Hyun-Jin Ryu struggled against the Yankees, making it back-to-back poor outings.

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DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 31: Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 31, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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.

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.

Written by Levon Satamian

My name is Levon Satamian. I am currently attending Cal State Northridge, and majoring in Broadcast Journalism.

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  1. Hate to say this but I am not a Ryu believer. Chokes in the biggest moments. But what bothers me most is our self proclaimed juggernaut offense. Bats are inconsistent, sometimes taking up to 5 innings before hits start to come. This does not look like championship calibre baseball to me.

      • It appeared every batter the Dodger’s sent up was 0 and 2 when they stepped into the box.

        Between Ryu’s last two starts and the Dodger’s offense last night and for much of the game prior, , this was one of those, “Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play.?” moments.

  2. Wow. I am sure glad this wasn’t an actual WS game because it looked a lot like a Dodger performance against the Astros in 2017, when they also went yard 5 times to blow the Dodgers out of the water. And while it was a run away game, I could have cashed in AGAIN on betting Yimi Garcia would give up yet another HR. Just because he’s out of options, can anyone tell me why he is still here?

    • A very good question. Perhaps because they can’t find anyone better? Which then takes us back to the passed trade deadline discussion of doing more with less, or whatever that was Friedman said.

  3. Unfortunately the Dodger starting rotation will need to carry the defense, with the inconsistency of the bullpen. So when Ryu, Kersh, & Co. get blown out early, and especially when the offense is not producing, God help us.

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