Ryu has been outstanding thus far this year, putting up numbers comparable to Hiroki Kuroda, the Yankees current best starter. Ryu has six wins and an impeccable 2.85 ERA, along with a 1.18 WHIP and .241 batting average against. He is tenth in the NL in win percentage and tied for fifth in the NL in complete games. All this, and he’s just a rookie.
The Yankees are going to be tested against the Dodgers, both because of Ryu and because of their own starter, Phil Hughes. Hughes has been unpredictable at best this season, sometimes looking dominant and other times looking terrible. I think that the first few innings will tell you how well he’s going to do for the rest of the game; if they’re good, he’ll be good. If they’re bad, he’ll be bad.
The only good news is that Ryu struggled in his last start, and that his struggles might carry over to tonight’s start. Though he only gave up three earned runs, Ryu allowed 13 base runners and had to constantly work in and out of trouble. Of course, the Yankees offense had struggled mightily of late, so it will be interesting to see what happens.
The Yankees are in desperate need of a win, especially after their recent spell of mediocrity. If they can find a way to beat Hyun-Jin Ryu, it might be just the boost they’re looking for.