With three straight outings of seven innings during which time he has only allowed 2 earned runs, Hyun-Jin Ryu is officially back to the guy we used to have. His velocity is back, his curve is wicked and his control is pinpoint. He now has pitched 91.2 innings and his ERA is down to 3.53… and falling. His ERA is better than these starters:
- Carlos Martinez
- Alex Cobb
- Chris Archer
- Yu Darvish (WOW)
- Jake Arrieta
- Jon Lester
- Dan Straily
- Gerrit Cole
- Justin Verlander
- Johnny Cueto (4.59-yikes-Think he will opt out?)
- … and a bunch of others
He has 89 strikeouts in that span and he is effectively our #6 starter! Right about now, the Dodgers rotation is looking really, really good. The Dodgers team ERA is 3.07 – a half run ahead of the D-Bags. However the Dodgers team WHIP is 1.11 and the Bags is 1.25 – they walk a lot more hitters.
Clayton Kershaw will be back soon – the Dodgers are just getting him some rest so as to keep him fresh. He has 5 less innings pitched than Max Scherzer even after being out for an extended period of time. There’s nothing wrong with Clayton, but the rest should do nothing but help him in the playoffs.
What to do with Brandon McCarthy?
I would assume he will be back shortly for the blister issue and knee problem. It’s easy to say he’s the odd man out, but he he has worked extremely hard to rehab over the past couple of years and he’s part of the team. If healthy, a team that needs starting pitching might take him off the Dodgers’ hands, but is that what they really want? I’m sure FAZ will ask him what he wants:
Do you want to go to the pen and try and win a World Championship or do you want to start somewhere else? That’s the long and the short of it. Can he adjust to a bullpen role? I am certain he can dial it up to 96-98 MPH out of the pen.
Rants and Raves
- Tony Cingrani’s slider looked better than I have ever seen it and Tony Watson looks re-energized as a Dodger. Those two pieces could be huge.
- What else is there to say? These guys just keep picking each other up. However, they have to keep that hunger. In 1988 the underdogs won easily over what was allegedly the best team.
- Henry Ramos just keep mashing! After being promoted to AAA, he is hitting .471 with a 1.382 OPS. How is that even possible? He was 2-4 last night with a HR and 3 runs scored. Edwin Rios also hit his 6th HR in AAA, but Ramos is off the charts. At some point I would think they would have to see if he’s the new Chris Taylor. Ramos in LF, Taylor in CF ands Puig in RF.
- On Saturday, the Dodgers started grooming Walker Buehler to relieve and he did not do well. It’s an adjustment and a different mindset. They will most likely keep him on that path.
- What do all of these guys have in common: McCarthy, Morrow, Baez, Buehler, Cingrani, Watson, Fields and Jansen? They all can hit mid-to-high 90’s!