Dodgers: Starting Pitcher Grades for August
By Hector Ponce
Ryu made five starts during August. He was solid for the majority of the month. Having four good outings but like the other two ended the month with a very bad outing in Arizona. He was 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in 5 starts. Ryu had 21 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched.
The Korean southpaw looked poised to return to the starting rotation this month. He made just two starts in July, so when Ryu got these opportunities in August, he proved why he was the number 3 starter behind Greinke and Kershaw back when he was healthy.
He gave up just ten runs in 5 starts, but 6 of those came in his final start. In August he had two scoreless outings. The first start he made in August came against the Mets. He gave the Dodgers 7 innings of shutout baseball, also gave up just one hit and had eight strikeouts.
August was kind to Ryu, as he was and still is vying for a spot on the post-season roster. He may be forcing Robert’s hand if he continues to pitch this way. Roberts will have second thoughts of starting Ryu in the playoffs if he keeps pitching lights out and Hill continues to struggle.