Hyun-Jin Ryu is ready for Australia.
Ryu dazzled in his last spring training start before leaving for Australia to open the regular season. Ryu gave up one earned run and struck out three in 5.1 innings of work.
The performance from Ryu is one that should give Los Angeles Dodger fans confidence heading into this week’s regular season opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks. After losing Zack Greinke to injury, the Dodgers needed Ryu to perform this spring to solidify his spot as the game two starter next week.
If Ryu’s spring is indicative of anything, he’ll be great for the Dodgers in Australia.
Other notes from today’s game include Yasiel Puig‘s continued struggles and the dominance of Kenley Jansen. Puig’s went 0-for-4 today which caused his average to dip down to .122, a far cry from the spectacular spring he had last year. Puig’s average dropped as last season wore on, and his continued struggles this spring should have the Dodgers worried.
On a brighter note, the ninth inning should be no sweat for the Dodgers if Kenley Jansen continues to throw like he has all spring. Jansen gave up no hits and struck out one in one inning of work today. After having a who’s who of closers since the fall of Jonathan Broxton, the Dodgers seem to have found their long term ninth inning man in Jansen.
Still, as baseball fans and media like to say “spring training doesn’t matter.” Spring training performances rarely ever translate to anything during the regular season. For both Ryu and Jansen, let’s hope that their springs were just a sign of things to come.