Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Game 2 Preview - Eagerly Awaiting Ryu

Can we actually expect the Dodgers to outdo yesterdays masterpiece?  Well, with the MLB debut of Korean wonderkid Hyun-Jin Ryu slated to start for the Dodgers tonight, I think that may be a distinct possibility.  Furthermore, both starting pitchers pitched well this Spring, so we might be in for another pitching duel.  On the other hand, I'm hoping that the Dodgers' bats wake up.

To wet your whistle, there are a couple of articles focused on Ryu's debut that are worth a read.
Ryu, 26, has done his part to spur expectations with a solid preseason performance. Over seven games, he went 2-2 with a 3.29 ERA, striking out 27 batters and scattering 10 runs over 27.1 innings. He couldn’t have ended on a better note, striking out Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols. 
  •  From after his last Spring start against the Angels, via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Hyun-jin Ryu perfect in spring training finale."
"There was a lot of talk in the very beginning (of spring training) about how I would perform. I was actually anxious and nervous at first, but after the games went on I got more comfortable," Ryu said. "I'm just happy to end camp on a good note."
If you're a child of the '90s, there's a good chance you can't read the name "Hyun-Jin Ryu" and not think of Ryu, the fireballing, upper-cutting "Street Fighter" favorite.
(pic credit: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013)

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 
Madison Bumgarner vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu
Game Start: 7:10 p.m., April 2
TV: Prime Ticket, MLB Network
Radio: 570 AM (English), 1020 AM (Spanish)
BTW, All-Star Clippers point guard Chris Paul will throw today’s ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.

You will also notice that Carl Crawford will be on the bench for this game.   The Dodgers have decided to let him take a seat since Giants' pitcher Madison Bumgarner is a left hander.

Dodgers Lineup:
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 Giants Lineup:
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