Going into the game, Yasiel Puig dominated the headlines with his late absence to the Los Angeles Dodgers facility, which forced him to sit out this game. Puig believed that he needed to be there at a different time, but really he should have arrived 20 minutes earlier. However, even if he would have played, I don’t think it would have mattered in this one. The rival San Francisco Giants rocked Los Angeles right from the start and unleashed the bats to beat the Dodgers by a final score of 8-4.
Hyun-Jin Ryu came into the game leading the majors with a 0.00 ERA after two successful starts to start the year. Today, he was looking to make history for the Dodgers. By starting the home opener for Los Angeles, he joined only two other pitchers in Dodger history by starting three of the team’s first six games since 1914. However, as special as this achievement was, Ryu might need extra day to rest after his performance on the mound against the Giants.
The lefty struggled with his command right from the start, and San Francisco took full advantage. Ryu only lasted for two innings giving up eight hits, eight runs (six earned), three walks and striking out two to end a dreadful outing. Of the 69 pitches he threw in this game, only 40 went for strikes, and the others tended to either drift high up into the strike zone or out of it completely. Before his terrible performance, he had only given up four walks total on the year, but he nearly matched that total today in one poor showing.
This tells me that manager Don Mattingly needs to seriously consider resting Ryu before his next scheduled start. He may have only lasted for two innings against the Giants, but the fact that he has already pitched three times in the first six games means it’s time to give him a break. There are plenty of other pitchers on the staff who still need to get their first starts in this season. Ryu is a great pitcher and will get back to his dominant ways, but only if the Dodgers don’t overuse his arm in the early-going.