Dodgers: 5 Bold Predictions for the 2017 Season
Hyun-Jin Ryu Regains his 2013 Form
Ryu is having a tremendous spring so far for the Dodgers. After missing the last two seasons due to injury, Ryu may finally be healthy enough to become a consistent arm in the Dodgers rotation.
If you don’t believe me, just see what Ryu had to say after throwing 4 shutout innings against the Brewers on Tuesday.
"“I feel like I’m actually very close to my 2013 form. I feel I’m on a similar pace. If I can get up to six innings, I feel I’m ready.”"
Last month, no one in their wildest dreams believed Ryu would be able to come back, but now it’s starting to look like reality. He has looked strong in spring, as he boasts a 1.00 ERA and 0.67 WHIP in his limited game action. He is still working on some things like bringing his velocity up (he sits at 87-89 at the moment) but he looks to be rehabbing well and will no doubt contribute to the club this year.
Asking a guy, who has pitched 4.2 innings in the past 2 years to become a top of the rotation pitcher, isn’t looking so far-fetched anymore. Ryu will continue to work and focus on getting healthy. By the looks of things early, the Dodgers may just get back their Korean star.
As long as his arm doesn’t completely fall off, Ryu will give the Dodgers 130+ innings this year and will be the best surprise for the team if he can find a shade of his 2013 self.