Ryu wasn't terrible... Really! He wasn't. It's just that batters are teeing off his fastball and hitting homers - six of them so far this season. That's all. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“It’s still difficult to ignore the fact that I gave up three home runs, but looking at the pitch count and also the innings, there are definitely positive signs, and it’s definitely something I can build on,” Ryu said.Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"We feel comfortable with him making a start every fifth day, and as he gets into the rhythm of a season, we know he'll get better," said manager Dave Roberts. "For us, the barometer for Ryu is the delivery repeating, holding velocity, which he's doing, and executing pitches. He's made some mistakes that were hit out of the ballpark. If he minimizes damage, he'll be fine."Pic above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1890 the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (Dodgers) play their very first game as a member of the National League. In 1938 both Dodgers' Ernie Koy and Phillies' Heine Mueller hit home runs in their first major league at-bats. In 1956 Roy Campanella recorded his 1,000th career hit at New Jersey's Roosevelt Stadium - a tenth inning double. This was the first ever MLB game played in New Jersey. The Dodgers would play several home games here just prior to moving to Los Angeles. In 1968 Met's hurler Nolan Ryan throws an Immaculate Inning (three strikes out on nine pitches in one inning) against the Dodgers in the third inning.
- Happy Birthday, Bill Greenwood, RJ Reynolds, Brett Mayne, Jose Cruz, Dennys Reyes, George Sherrill, Joe Beimel & Alberto Callaspo!
- Audio: Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson, joins Scholastic to discuss her new book, The Hero Two Doors Down: A Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend. (link here)
- Video: Peter Gammons joins Lauren Shehadi on MLB Central to discuss the legacy of the great Jackie Robinson. (video link)
- Video: Dave Roberts speaks to the media about Hyun-Jin Ryu’s performance against Rockies, gives an update on Logan Forsythe's injury and more. (video link)
- The DL pitching merry-go-'round is just beginning. ICYMI: They placed Grant Dayton on the 10-day DL with a left intercostal strain and recalled right-handed pitcher Josh Fields from Triple-A.
- Speaking of which, Tom Verducci at Sports Illustrated take a closer look at the Dodgers practice of using the DL to their advantage;"Three Strikes: How the Dodgers are changing the way pitchers are used."
Here’s one way to appreciate how stunningly different this plan is: In the World Series era (dating to 1903), 137 teams needed 15 or more starting pitchers to get through a season. Most of those teams were terrible. Only three of those 137 teams made the playoffs: the 1989 Giants . . . and the 2015 Dodgers and the 2016 Dodgers.
- Come on now! Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Forsythe, Turner both dealt painful HBPs."
"There's a lot of small bones in the feet and I've dealt with foot problems in the past," said Forsythe. "They're going to get a couple more eyes on it and re-evaluate tomorrow. It's definitely bruised, right on the joint that allows weight bearing. I've had surgeries on both feet, sesamoid removals. Those are out and it's nothing to do with those."
- Via Jessica Vo at KSBY.com; "Teixeira family receives custom jersey by the Dodgers in honor of Ryan Teixeira."
Although it's been a little over two months since Arroyo Grande native and baseball standout, Ryan Teixeira passed away, the support lives on. During his fight with cancer, the 20-year-old received support by major league baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers continue its support.
- Per Clay Fowler at the OC Register; "Dave Roberts proud to link UCLA to the Dodgers."
“I think that my time at UCLA really opened my eyes that I can accomplish anything,” Roberts said. “That’s a big pond. There are a lot of brilliant people there in a lot of different ways, as far as what they major in. People there really inspired me and challenged me. As opposed to being at a smaller school and being a bigger fish, I was a small fish in a bigger pond. It helped me learn how to be a leader and continue be a leader of men.”
- Holy Moly! Did you see this play last night, via a tweet from MLB:
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