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Los Angeles Dodgers Skipping Hyun-Jin Ryu in Rotation to Prepare for Post-Season

Ryu has seen a downturn in performance recently.

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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)

According to JP Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group, left-handed starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu will have his next start skipped in an effort to supply with more rest prior to the playoffs.

Many fans have been calling for Ryu to receive some rest in the coming weeks. Ryu is simply not needed now, he is needed in October.

When taking a closer look at the numbers, Ryu has become a different pitcher recently. That is not a good thing. It is fairly obvious that fatigue is playing a role in the 32-year-old’s struggles as of late.

Over his past four starts, Ryu has failed to go five innings in each of them, allowing a whopping 21 earned runs across 19 frames of work. For some more scary numbers, Ryu has also allowed an astronomical 31 hits and has walked an uncharacteristic seven batters over the span.

Ryu’s ERA has seen a full run increase over his past five starts or so and although he says he is not concerned, the Dodgers appear to be at least somewhat.

Ryu is still in the midst of a career campaign, posting a 2.45 ERA and 3.18 FIP across 161 2/3 innings pitched.

It might be safe to say that Ryu has pitched himself out of contention for the National League Cy Young Award, but that is not the concern here. The Dodgers need him in October, not now. It is a fantastic thing to see the Dodgers’ organization realize exactly that.

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. Nothing longer than a 2 year contract with possibly a club option for a 3rd should be offered to him. He doesn’t have the stamina or the physical fitness and has never reached 200 innings.

  2. Ryu is fading fast and I seriously doubt skipping a start or two is going to re-energize his game. He’ll be one of the starters that goes 5 innings in the post season and leaves it to the Pen. Bueler is also skipping his next start, as his last start was also underwhelming. Unfortunately, Kershaw already is in post season form. Short innings and roughed up with lack of stuff.

    Robert’s is going to earn his pay running around the wagon and putting all four wheels back on the wagon while entering a race.

  3. What’s DR gonna announce next, we’re going to a 7 man rotation? Our big 3 are pitching like they’re dog tired. Meanwhile, the big 3 in Houston are killing it. 36 year-old Verlander throwing a no-no, several double digit SO performances, Cole is blowing the ball by people and Greinke is holding his own.

    • What is with your endless string of negative comments? What’s the matter…can’t you get laid?

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