Marlins @ Dodgers May 11, 2013: Where Would The Dodgers Be Without Hyun-jin Ryu?

May 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_openingday2013Well, still in last place, I suppose, because it’s difficult to be in laster place. That said, in a battered rotation that’s struggled to work deep into games outside of Clayton Kershaw, the fact that Hyun-jin Ryu has managed to go at least six innings in every one of his seven starts is not something to be taken lightly. Remember, other than Zack Greinke‘s brief appearance and the one good start from Josh Beckett, we’ve been subjected to an entire season of “lord, don’t get knocked out in the third” outings from Beckett, Matt Magill, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano, & Stephen Fife. Too often, that’s exactly what’s happened and the bullpen has been thrown to the wolves to pick up the slack; if Ryu, a complete unknown entering the season, had done the same, I don’t know what things would look like.

Marlins
Dodgers
SS
Hechavarria
LF
Crawford
LF
Diaz
SS
Gordon
3B
Polanco
1B
Gonzalez
CF
Ruggiano
CF
Kemp
RF
Ozuna
RF
Ethier
C
Olivo
C
Ellis
1B
Dobbs
2B
Schumaker
2B
Green
3B
Uribe
P
Slowey
P
Ryu

So far, his 2.81 FIP is just a touch behind Kershaw’s and ahead of bigger names like Cliff Lee, Jon Lester, & Stephen Strasburg; his 4.00 K/BB is superior to Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann, & David Price. I remain uncertain about just how his particular brand of slop is going to work once teams get a second and third look at him, but if there was ever a concern that this would be a Kei Igawa-level “what the hell is that guy even doing in the bigs?” situation, we’re well past that.

Ryu faces a Miami team that’s having nearly as many roster issues as the Dodgers are. See their second baseman, batting eighth in the lineup over there? That is indeed Nick Green, the same one who was briefly a member of the 2010 Dodgers, and while it’s bad enough that any team in 2013 actually has Green in the starting lineup, what makes this especially fun is that he was actually DFA’d by Miami all of nine days ago. After no team claimed him, he went to Triple-A, only to come right back when second baseman Donovan Solano was injured.

Back to the Dodgers, this is about as decent a batting order as can be expected. I suppose in a perfect world A.J. Ellis is second instead of Dee Gordon, but that’s a minor quibble; at least Luis Cruz is nowhere to be found.

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