Ryu will accept the one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers on Monday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. Ryu will return to Los Angeles for at least one more season. The southpaw was stellar across 15 starts for the National League champions in 2018, posting a 1.97 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 89:15 K:BB across 82.1 innings -- he missed three-and-a-half months with a groin injury. He'll slot back into the middle of the Dodgers' rotation in 2019.
Ryu was extended a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers prior to Friday's deadline, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Ryu will have 10 days to decide whether to accept the offer or head to free agency. The 31-year-old southpaw had a spectacular season that was unfortunately curtailed by a groin issue that cost him three-and-a-half months in the middle of the year. Across 15 big-league starts, he logged a 1.97 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 89 strikeouts in 82.1 innings and went on to help the Dodgers reach the Fall Classic for a second consecutive season.
Ryu will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Red Sox on Wednesday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Ryu will be sandwiched between Clayton Kershaw -- who will start Game 1 -- and Walker Buehler, who gets the ball for Game 3. The southpaw owns a 4.40 ERA and 15:2 K:BB through three starts (14.1 innings) this postseason. He was tagged for five runs on seven hits in just three innings in his most recent start (a loss to the Brewers in Game 6 of the NLCS).
Ryu will start Game 6 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Friday. As expected, Ryu will return to the bump in Milwaukee after pitching Game 2 on Saturday. During that start, he gave up two runs on six hits while striking out four across 4.1 innings and didn't factor into the decision. The southpaw will once again go up against Wade Miley with the chance to propel the Dodgers back to the Fall Classic.
Ryu will get the start for Game 2 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Saturday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Ryu will take the ball for Game 2 in Milwaukee after Clayton Kershaw toes the rubber in Game 1. Ryu tossed Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves and came away with the victory after tossing seven scoreless frames while punching out eight, so he'll look to carry that success into the next round of the postseason.