The Dodgers trot out onto Citi Field today aspiring to chalk up their 14th series sweep this season, as they face the Mets, on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
Hyun Jin Ryu will take the mound.
Using the first 75 pitches as a gauge.
Ryu’s numbers as a Dodger up to this point are a step behind #1 Kershaw and #2 Wood, (Darvish not included). They’re right in line with Rich Hills numbers though.
Ryu: ERA (3.53) – IP (71.1) – H (69) – R (33) – ER (28) – HR (13) – BB (21) – SO (71) – WHIP (1.26)
Hill: ERA (3.61) – IP (67.1) – H (51) – R (28) – ER (27) – HR (11) – BB (28) – SO (81) – WHIP (1.17)
Beyond 75 pitches and things begin to plummet.
Ryu gives up hits, but he also throws strikes. His walk rate is just behind Kershaw’s, (although Kershaw has thrown more innings). Both Ryu’s first pitch ERA and his ERA when behind in the count, are above 5. When behind in the count, the other starters hover around 4. Ryu hovers around 4 when the count is full however.
Ryu doesn’t have elite stuff, so he has to come prepared and execute his game plan. Ryu needs to locate the first- pitch-strike, well and keep hitters off-balance by staying ahead in the count. Ryu also needs a solid performance from the boy’s backing him. When I looked at the numbers, most everyone not named Kershaw, Darvish or Wood, were pretty much bunched up together. That’s a deep back end of the rotation, as Hershiser, stated in last evening’s broadcast. These guys are all gonna want the ball from here-on-out/in.
Which as Hershiser, again stated, should prevent the “lull” we usually see after Sept. call-ups. Right now the team’s win percentage is just above .700. Which projects them winning around 115 games. This has been growing rapidly however.
The 13 teams that have been on the wrong end of a series sweep with the Dodgers
Tonight, we’ve got a battle of two left handed pitchers, Alex Wood versus Sean Newcomb. Wood is arguably the Dodgers’ second best starting pitcher with a record of 12-1 and an ERA of 2.38. Over his most recent thirteen starts, he has won eleven, lost one, and had one no-decision. Newcomb, age 24, is in his rookie season with the Braves, having pitched nine starts with a record of 1-5, ERA of 4.50.
Meanwhile, carry on with the discussion of Jamie McCourt. Here’s her house in Napa.
Major League Baseballs Non Waiver Trade Deadline Ends At 4PM ET
Will Darvish, Verlander or Gray, fly to Atlanta to join the Dodgers in the coming hours?
Could a reliever weigh heavily on the minds of the front-office?
If so…what type of prospects and or other pieces will be exchanged?
Will they fore-go a bullpen arm and call up Walker Buehler to assist the club?
Will they add another bat to the mix?
Do they even need to do something big that requires top prospects?
I’ve read that…
Darvish may require top prospects
Verlander will cost money/prospects
Gray will require a battle with the Yankees
Hang on to your caps today folks…A storm may be brewing!!
Hyun Jin Ryu looks to keep the Dodgers win streak in order…
As both he and his teammates go for the sweep against the Giants.
Tonight, the Freeway Series moves to Anaheim. That’s in Orange County. It’s not in Los Angeles. It’s not even in Los Angeles County. It’s Anaheim. So call yourselves the California Angels or the Anaheim Angels, already. Or the Orange Angels, if you wish.
Tonight Hyun-Jin Ryu goes up against Alex Meyer. Will Corey Seager or Justin Turner or Yasiel Puig be ready for this one? We’ll just have to wait for the lineup to come out.
Joc Pederson seems to be ready. He’s been on an offensive tear of late. Of course, Cody Bombay Bellinger is always ready.