For Dodger fans, this couldn’t be more welcomed news.
The news of Clayton Kershaw being placed on the disabled list sent shock-waves throughout the Dodger community and left the team without a starter for domestic opening day. A few names were floated out there like Ryu, Dan Haren and possibly even Zack Greinke. At the end of the day, it was Ryu who won out after testing his injured toe in a bullpen session this past Friday.
Greinke is arguably a better pitcher than Ryu, but his own injury woes would have made him somewhat of a question mark to pitch on Sunday. Haren is another solid pitcher, but after a rough end to Spring Training, it was hard to see the Dodgers trusting him with getting their season off on the right foot.
With all of these factors combined, it makes perfect sense for Ryu to be the man to start the Dodgers’ season on the hill. Also in a very small sample size, Ryu has done very well against the Padres. In his one start against the Padres last year, Ryu went 6.1 innings and only gave up one earned run on the way to his 13th win of the season. Ryu has yet to pitch in Petco Park, but considering that it’s one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in MLB, I like his chances of success.
Here’s to a solid start for the Dodgers stateside opener.