Hyun-Jin Ryu running on fumes?
Prior to Saturday’s game, Dave Roberts told reporters that the Dodgers may skip one of Hyun-Jin Ryu’s starts in September to give him some extra rest. Limiting his outings to fewer innings is another possibility according to Roberts. With expanded September rosters, shorter starts would not hurt the bullpen and if anything it would provide more postseason tryouts for relievers.
Ryu has thrown 152 2/3 innings this season which just eclipses his sophomore season for the second-most innings he has pitched in one season. His rookie season he pitched 192 innings way back in 2013 and that remains his career-high for innings. After pitching 213 2/3 innings over the last three seasons combined, Ryu could be running on empty.
Hyun-Jin has given up eleven earned runs over his last two starts after being the Dodgers’ most consistent pitcher for most of the season. The Dodgers will need Ryu on his “A” game if they’re going to win the World Series so limiting him or skipping him is a smart move if the Dodgers do go through with that idea.