Ryu didn't give up a run on three hits over 4.2 innings of a no-decision Sunday against the Nationals. He walked two and struck out five in what ended up a 7-1 loss. Ryu didn't fare terribly, but a pitch count of 98, including only 56 strikes, necessitated his early departure. He's failed to factor into the decision more often than not lately (3-2 over his last 16 appearances), which has made the South Korean somewhat of a headache for owners counting on him for wins. His 3.46 ERA has helped lessen the blow, however.
Ryu will make his next start Sunday against the Nationals, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Ryu made his last start Sep. 5 against the Diamondbacks and had his next start skipped in order to give him some additional time off. The southpaw will slot back into the rotation for Sunday's contest against the Nationals, with original scheduled starter Kenta Maeda being bumped back to throw next Wednesday or Thursday in the series against the Phillies.
Ryu will have his next start skipped, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Ryu bounced back Tuesday after giving up six runs during his Aug. 30 outing, but the Dodgers can afford to skip one of their six starters with an off day next Thursday. It's uncertain when Ryu will return to the rotation; depending on where he slots in, he may only make two or three starts before the end of the regular season.
Ryu held the Diamondbacks to one run on three hits and five walks while striking out seven over six innings Tuesday. He did not factor into the decision in the extra-inning loss. Ryu bounced back in a big way after getting torched for six runs in his last start against these very same Diamondbacks. The veteran southpaw pitched well outside of the five walks, but the Dodgers' offensive struggles prevented him from notching his sixth win of the season. Ryu will look to continue his second-half excellence (2.60 ERA in eight starts) in a favorable matchup against the Giants next Monday.
Ryu (5-7) was shelled for six runs on eight hits -- including three home runs -- by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. He walked three and struck out two while taking the loss. Ryu had been pitching like an ace over his last nine starts, posting a 2.13 ERA with an 8.7 K/9 before running into a red-hot Arizona lineup. The 30-year-old southpaw could get bumped from the rotation once the playoffs start, but he has pitched well enough (3.71 ERA) to finish out the regular season as a starter. Ryu will get a rematch with D-Backs next Tuesday, but the start will come at home in pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium.
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