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.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will skip his next start, previously scheduled for the Baltimore series.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) September 6, 2019
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.