Giants @ Dodgers August 15, 2018: The return of Ryu

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The Dodgers (64-57) will try not to get swept by the Giants (61-60) on Wednesday when they wrap up the brief homestand. Things got heated on Tuesday between the rivals when Nick Hundley and Yasiel Puig got into an altercation spurring the benches to clear. Contrary to all the Twitter quips about using the brouhaha as an igniter for the stagnant offense in order to set up a winning streak, the Dodgers could only muster one run against San Francisco in their fifth straight loss.

Giants
Dodgers
7:10 PM
Los Angeles
RF
McCutchen
2B
Dozier
1B
Belt
3B
Turner
3B
Longoria
SS
Machado
C
Posey
LF
Kemp
CF
Hernandez
CF
Taylor
SS
Crawford
1B
Hernandez
LF
Pence RF Puig
2B
Hanson
C
Barnes
P
Holland (L)
P
Ryu (L)

The southpaw-filled series continues. Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-0, 2.12 ERA, 3.16 FIP) returns from the DL to take on the Giants. It’s Ryu’s first appearance for the Dodgers since May 2. He spent most of the season on the DL with a serious left groin strain. Prior to his injury, Ryu was pitching well. He’s been hampered by injuries over the past few seasons. He missed the entirety of the 2015 season, and he’s pitched only 160 innings since 2016 after accumulating 344 innings in his first two seasons with the Dodgers.

Overall, Ryu is 4-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 13 career starts against the Giants. Hunter Pence is 12-for-29 (.414) with two doubles vs. Ryu.

Ryu made two rehab starts, one with Oklahoma City and one with Rancho Cucamonga. He allowed one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in nine innings between the two rehab starts.

The Dodgers have already faced Derek Holland (6-8, 3.97 ERA, 3.95 FIP) three times this season. He’s 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA against LA this year. Last time out, Holland allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Pirates. The Giants scored 13 runs, and Holland got the win against the Bucs. He’s held left-handed batters to a .184 average this season and has yet to surrender a home run to a lefty.

Overall against the Dodgers, Holland is 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in four career starts. Should Holland pick up his first career win against LA on Wednesday, it would also mark the Giants’ first sweep of the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium since 2016. Not ideal.

There’s been no official word on whether Puig will be suspended, and he’s in the lineup tonight batting seventh. Hundley, the #PermitPatty of the MLB, will be on the bench. Buster Posey will be behind the plate for SF.

Enrique Hernandez, another favorite of the Giants, is starting at first base for the Dodgers in the series finale. It’s Kiké’s fifth start at first this year. He’s only hitting .207 vs. LHP this year and .153 with just nine hits since the All-Star Break.

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Another day, another injury.

Kenley Jansen “felt great throwing to hitters today,” and there’s an update on a few other bullpen pieces.

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The Dodgers are playing like crap right now. There’s no way to sugar coat it. The bullpen is a dumpster fire, and the offense has totally clammed shut. They’ve fallen into third place in the NL West, and time is running out for them to get it together.

If anyone could do it, it’s this Dodgers bullpen. Break the cycle.

About Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler
Stacie Wheeler, born and raised in So Cal, has been writing about the Dodgers since 2010. She wrote daily as the co-editor of Lasorda's Lair for five long years, and she has also written for Dodgers Nation, Dodger Blue 1958 and The Hardball Times. She currently contributes to True Blue LA. Stacie graduated from the University Of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Cinema-Television. You can also watch her videos on her YouTube channel, DishingUpTheDodgers.