The Dodgers go for a fourth straight victory on Wednesday night, in the third game of a four-game series against the Braves at Turner Field. They send Hyun-jin Ryu to the mound, quietly putting together a great season.
This is the 10th winning streak of at least three games this season for the Dodgers, though only one of the previous nine streaks reached a fourth game. On the surface, Ryu on the road gives the Dodgers an excellent chance for a second extended winning streak.
The Dodgers have won nine of Ryu's 12 road starts this year, and the left-hander is 9-2 with a 2.61 ERA in those starts, with 59 strikeouts and 17 walks in 72⅓ innings. Ryu's last start was magnificent, allowing just two hits and a walk to the Angels in Anaheim, one of four starts of seven scoreless innings on the road this season.
A win on Wednesday would make Ryu the first Dodgers pitcher to win 10 road games since Chan Ho Park in 1999.
Ryu has been no slouch at home, either. He is 4-3 with a 3.94 ERA in 10 starts at Dodger Stadium this season, but his peripheral numbers are strong, such as 56 strikeouts against only eight walks, and a home strikeout rate (22.0 percent) better than on the road (20.3 percent).
Overall, Ryu falls third in the Dodgers' pecking order, but his 2014 season has been great.
He's 13-5 with a 3.21 ERA on the surface, but he also ranks 11th among 94 qualified starting pitchers in baseball with a 2.79 FIP, 19th with a 3.21 xFIP, and 22nd with a 3.30 SIERA. Ryu's 4.60 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks 14th in baseball, and third on his own staff behind Clayton Kershaw (8.58) and Zack Greinke (5.47).
Dodgers starters lead baseball with a 4.17 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 688 strikeouts, and are third with 165 walks.
Ryu has walked two or fewer batters in each of his last 19 starts, and has made a remarkable turnaround within his two years in the majors with his control.
In his first 17 major league starts Ryu had 37 walks, a walk rate of 8.1 percent. It has taken him 35 more starts to walk another 37 batters, a walk rate of 4.3 percent dating back to last July. Dating back the last 365 days, Ryu's walk rate is seventh-best in baseball, better than even Kershaw and Greinke.
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