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

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.

Fri 10/11Sat 10/12Sun 10/13Mon 10/14Tues 10/15Wed 10/16Thurs 10/17
RR. Belisario9105
LJ.P. Howell152026
RK. Jansen51626
RC. Marmol26
RB. Wilson281411
RC. Withrow2544
RE. Volquez
982 comments
Paulstralia
Paulstralia

let's play the count the "uh's" game. 

Kewldood69
Kewldood69

Javy, I love you, but your Javy Guerra, don't act like a hard ass.

Chadd
Chadd

He looked so cool doing that.

KMT59
KMT59

Ball Game....God how I missed watching the Dodgers slap hands on the field

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

o when does Goat ordain Tony as the MSTI prophet?

Chadd
Chadd

Javi Guerra missing bats.

KMT59
KMT59

That foul ball got through the backstop screen

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Man I haven't been this satisfied about a Dodger game since that one time Psy was at the stadium.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Javy Guerra. It's like the Dodgers want to make this a game.

efb
efb

we need a run here

Dodgerjay
Dodgerjay

Thought Guerrier was going to go two, might as well.

Chadd
Chadd

Cruz and Uribe swapped roles during the off season.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

I think this is the Luis Cruz that Mike was talking about all of last year.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Raul Franklin that's what killed me, people acting as though I had a personal grudge. Call em as I see em.

Jobu
Jobu

Actually he has lost some weight, you are stuck in 2012

Jobu
Jobu

Check out Uribe's batting average it is close to Ethier, leave Uribe alone he carries much rum

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Hi, I'm JohnM and I'm a Dodgerholic @Mike Petriello @Raul Franklin yes. Because I pointed out that 99% of the people who blindly insisted CRUZ IS THE BEST were Hispanic (probably Mexican, but I guess I'm not sure). And I said... if he's your favorite player because he's your countryman, that's totally cool; it just doesn't give you the right to insist that in the face of all evidence that we're fools for overlooking his supposed brilliance.