Dodgers: Starting Pitcher Grades for May

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May 31, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
May 31, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 25, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

B. . . . Hyun-Jin Ryu

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The month of May was quite the adventure for Hyun-Jin Ryu. In his first start of the month, he was rocked by the Rockies for ten runs, five of them earned, and six walks. After that, things began to look up, including the first relief appearance of Ryu’s career.

Against the Cardinals last week, Ryu piggybacked on Kenta Maeda’s start and pitched four masterful innings in relief to earn his first career save.

In his last two starts for May, Ryu allowed three combined runs and looked like his pre-injury self. He went six strong innings against the Cardinals yesterday, while only allowing one run. Things appeared to be trending up, as the month progressed, for Ryu.

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In his final start, he hit 93 miles per hour on his fastball and had command of all his off-speed pitches. The Dodgers have a good problem if Ryu continues to pitch like his old self because they will not have enough rotation spots for a healthy group of Dodger starters. That, and you can never have too much good pitching. Despite the first start blowup, Ryu earns a B grade for May because he delivered two very solid starts and one four-inning save.

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