Dodgers @ Padres June 22, 2014: Hyun-Jin Ryu trying to stay consistent

petco_park_opener2013This is the rubber game of the series, and the Dodgers send Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound against the Padres’ “offense.”

Dodgers
Padres
1:10 pm PT
San Diego, CA
2B
Gordon
RF
Denorfia
SS
Ramirez
SS
Cabrera
RF
Puig
LF
Quentin
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Medica
LF
Kemp
C
Rivera
CF
Van Slyke
CF
Maybin
3B
Turner
3B
Amarista
C
Ellis
2B
Peterson
P
Ryu (L)
P
Stults (L)

In his last four starts, Ryu has gone six innings in all of them and thrown between 100 and 109 pitches. While it’d be nice to see him be a little more efficient with his pitches, but it’s hard to complain about a consistent 6-inning starter.

His last four games haven’t been as great as he was early in the season, but he isn’t walking hitters, either. He’s walked just six hitters in his last 42 1/3 innings pitched (1.3 BB/9) and 17 in 76 1/3 IP. With that comes a higher hits per nine innings rate. He’s giving up 9.0 H/9, up from 8.5 in his rookie season. To make up for that, he’s striking out more hitters (7.5 K/9, compared to 7.2 K/9) and allowing fewer home runs (0.6 HR/9, compared to 0.7).

He’ll try to remain consistent against the Padres Sunday. In two previous outings, Ryu owns a 0.68 ERA against them, so I’d say it’s a fair bet he’ll be just fine today.

In other news, Juan Uribe is going to rehab with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Monday and Tuesday, which puts him in line for a return to the Dodgers when they begin a 4-game series against the Cardinals on Thursday night.

Andre Ethier sits, as expected, against a left-hander today. Yasiel Puig doesn’t, even though he probably should.

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LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
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About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.