Ryu allowed three hits over 4.1 scoreless innings while striking out four in Monday's split-squad game against the Rays.
The veteran southpaw continues to breeze through the spring, posting a 1.42 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 6:0 K:BB through 6.1 innings. The Jays are counting on Ryu to be their staff ace this year, and if he can stay healthy -- no sure thing, given that he's reached 130 innings only once in the last four seasons -- he appears more than capable of handling the assignment.
Ryu made his first Grapefruit League appearance Thursday, allowing one run on two hits over two innings while striking out two, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
The veteran southpaw served up a solo homer to unheralded Twins minor-leaguer Zander Wiel but was otherwise pleased with the outing, as he threw 26 of 41 pitches for strikes. "The reason why I focus more on the pitch count and innings is because, as I progress towards the regular season, everything, including the command and also feel for my offspeed pitches, do come back and are ready once the regular season starts," Ryu said after the game through his interpreter Bryan Lee. With a four-year, $80 million contract in his pocket, big things are expected from Ryu this season as he prepares to get the start Opening Day for Toronto.
Ryu agreed to a four-year, $80 million deal with the Blue Jays on Sunday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Ryu is a stellar addition to an underdeveloped Blue Jays rotation that lacks a true ace. The southpaw led MLB with a 2.32 ERA in 2019 and his 163 strikeouts were the most he's had in his seven-year professional career. At 32 years old, Ryu isn't necessarily in his prime any longer, but he will provide a nice boost to the front end of the rotation and should be a nice mentor to some of the younger pitchers the organization is trying to develop for the future.
Ryu will start Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Nationals on Sunday.
The 32-year-old will take the mound for Game 3 of the NLDS carrying a 2.32 ERA with a 163:24 K:BB through the regular season. Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 over Ryu, likely to make Kershaw available in relief later in the series if necessary. Ryu struggled in the 2018 postseason, recording a 5.21 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 19 innings pitched. The southpaw will look to turn things around in the 2019 playoffs after another dominant regular season.
Ryu (14-5) tossed seven shutout innings while allowing five hits and zero walks with seven strikeouts to earn a victory against the Giants on Saturday.
What a fitting way to end a campaign that could result in Ryu winning the NL Cy Young Award. Dropping his ERA nine points Saturday, Ryu at least clinched the NL ERA title, and over his last 44 starts dating back to the beginning of 2018, Ryu owns a 2.21 ERA. Additionally, he set or tied career bests in wins, WHIP and strikeouts during 2019. Ryu ends this season 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 163 strikeouts in 182.2 innings.
Ryu (13-5) took the win against the Rockies on Sunday, hurling seven innings and giving up three runs on six hits and no walks while striking out eight.
Both runs allowed by Ryu came on homers, but the southpaw otherwise stymied Colorado to pick up his second straight quality start and first victory in over a month. As has been the case most of the season, Ryu succeeded by controlling the strike zone, throwing 65 of 95 pitches for strikes and issuing no free passes for the second straight game. He also contributed with his bat, launching the first home run of his major-league career in the fifth inning. After a four-start stretch in which he surrendered 21 runs in 19 frames, Ryu has rebounded to allow just two runs over his last 14 innings. Though his Cy Young Award candidacy has taken a hit with his late-season slump, Ryu is likely to garner some votes as he leads the majors with a 2.41 ERA while ranking sixth with a 1.02 WHIP and second with a 1.23 BB/9. He'll wrap up his regular season with a road matchup against the Giants on Saturday.
Ryu's next start has been moved to Sunday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Ryu was in line to pitch against the Rockies on Saturday, but he will instead be on the mound for the finale of the series Sunday. The switch means that Ryu will be pitching on seven days' rest and also sets him up to start Game 3 in the NLDS behind Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler.
Ryu threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Per Plunkett, the bullpen session was Ryu's third in the "past few weeks" -- a notable observation since Ryu has traditionally opted not to throw bullpens between starts. The change of routine is likely an effort to get the southpaw back on track after he surrendered 21 earned runs over 19 innings during a recent four-game stretch. Ryu was much better his last time out, holding the Mets scoreless over seven innings in a no-decision Saturday.
Ryu struck out six batters in seven scoreless innings while allowing just two hits Saturday against the Mets. He did not factor into the decision.
Ryu was stellar throughout his start, allowing nothing more than a pair of two-out singles, but Mets' starter (and fellow Cy Young candidate) Jacob deGrom matched him with seven scoreless frames of his own. The Mets would eventually get the win against the Dodgers' bullpen. The start was a very encouraging rebound for Ryu, who had failed to get out of the fifth inning in each of his last three starts.
Ryu will start Saturday's game against the Mets, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
He has convinced manager Dave Roberts that his recent struggles are more about mechanics than fatigue, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Ryu has a 9.95 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in 19 innings over his last four starts.
Ryu threw a bullpen session Tuesday but the date of his next start has yet to be determined, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Ryu last pitched Sept. 4, giving up three runs in 4.1 innings. The Dodgers elected to skip his subsequent start in order to allow the southpaw time to rest in response to a recent rough stretch in which he has surrendered 21 runs over his last 19 frames. Though Ryu was expected to make his next scheduled start, manager Dave Roberts indicated Tuesday that the date of his return to the rotation is "not certain yet." The Dodgers have already wrapped up the National League West, so they have the luxury of giving the 32-year-old additional time off if they decide that's the best course of action.
Ryu's next turn in the rotation will be skipped, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
The Dodgers have little reason to overwork Ryu down the stretch due to their 18-game division lead. The 161.2 innings he's thrown thus far this season are the most he's thrown since 2013 and are already nearly double his total from last season. He's expected to start three more times before the regular season ends. It's not yet clear who will make a spot start in his place.
Ryu gave up three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five through 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Rockies on Wednesday.
Ryu didn't give up a run until the fourth inning, but he surrendered two runs in the frame and allowed three straight singles to finally chase him from the game in the fifth inning. The 32-year-old has not made it through six innings in his last four outings. Ryu is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Ryu is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against the Rockies in Los Angeles, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Manager Dave Roberts recently hinted that Ryu could be in line to have his turn through the rotation skipped at some point in September, but that won't happen for at least one more week. The All-Star southpaw has labored through his last three starts, giving up 18 earned runs on 25 hits and three walks across 14.2 frames to take the loss on each occasion. Ryu's recent form might not make him the must-start option he's been all season, but it's worth noting his last three turns came against three offenses (Braves, Yankees and Diamondbacks) that all rank in the top half of the majors in team wRC+. The Rockies, meanwhile, rank 26th with a 85 wRC+, offering some hope for a bounce-back effort from Ryu.
Manager Dave Roberts suggested after Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks that Ryu wouldn't have his next turn through the rotation skipped, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. "I see him making his next start. We're going to talk about it, but the plan is for him to make that start," Roberts said. "The last couple times, we've given him an extra day, so that's probably how we're going to go right now."
The All-Star opened the outing versus Arizona by retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced, but imploded thereafter, tying his season high with seven runs allowed before he was pulled midway through the fifth inning. After carrying a 1.45 ERA for the season through his first 22 outings, Ryu has now been charged with 18 runs allowed over his last three starts, surrendering five home runs over that stretch. Rather than giving Ryu some time off to guard against fatigue, Roberts has decided to maintain the Dodgers' six-man rotation, which will at least allow the southpaw to get an extra day of rest between starts. Ryu lines up to make his next turn Wednesday at home versus the Rockies.
Ryu (12-5) took the loss against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, giving up seven earned runs on 10 hits over 4.2 innings, striking out four and walking one as the Dodgers fell 11-5.
That's now back-to-back starts in which the left-hander has been shelled for seven earned before making it out of the fifth inning, and he's lost three straight decisions overall, giving up 18 earned runs over that stretch. He's in a rut at the moment, but Ryu's numbers still look excellent thanks to his torrid start to the season, as he's sporting a 2.35 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 137:20 K:BB across 157.1 innings.
Ryu may have a September start skipped, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Manager Dave Roberts indicated Saturday that the Dodgers are considering skipping Ryu's spot in the rotation sometime in September in order to mitigate possible fatigue. The 32-year-old has struggled in his last two starts, allowing 11 runs in 10 frames to increase his season ERA from 1.45 to 2.00. He has pitched 152.2 innings this season, a mark he has topped only once in his career -- as a rookie in 2013.
Ryu (12-4) allowed seven runs on nine hits and a walk over 4.1 innings Friday, striking out seven and taking the loss in a 10-2 loss to the Yankees.
Solo shots by Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez put Ryu behind, but Didi Gregorius' fifth-inning grand slam accounted for the most significant damage against the Dodgers' starter. It's a second straight poor start from Ryu, who has seen his ERA inflate from 1.53 to 2.00 over his last three outings. He still owns a 0.98 WHIP and 133:19 K:BB heading into his next start versus the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Ryu (12-3) struck out five and took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk over 5.2 innings in a 4-3 loss to Atlanta on Saturday.
Solo homers by Josh Donaldson and Adam Duvall in the sixth inning helped chase the southpaw from the game and stick him with his first loss since the All-Star break. Incredibly, it's only the second time all year Ryu has given up more than two earned runs, with the other such outing coming June 28 at Coors Field, and that was also the last time he served up a home run or failed to complete six innings. The 32-year-old will carry a 1.64 ERA and 126:18 K:BB through 148.1 innings into his next start Friday, at home against the Yankees.
Ryu (12-2) tossed seven shutout innings while allowing five hits and one walk with four strikeouts across seven innings to earn a victory against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Clearly, Ryu has recovered from his neck issue, as he dropped his ERA to a ridiculous 1.45. Opposing hitters are batting just .221, which is a great number, but even more impressively, Ryu has walked only 17 batters while striking out 121. In another year of power explosion, he's also allowed just 10 homers. Ryu, who will pitch next at the Braves on Saturday, owns a 0.93 WHIP and 121 strikeouts in 142.2 innings this season.
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