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Podcast episode 2001: Ryu & Hill head to the American League

Rotation stalwarts leave LA

Toronto Blue Jays v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Hyun-jin Ryu and Rich Hill combined for a 2.66 ERA in 81 starts in the last two seasons for the Dodgers, and now both are gone. Ryu signed his big deal, getting $80 million over four years from the Blue Jays. Hill, who is out until midseason, signed for $3 million plus a boatload of incentives with the Twins.

Those two also started nine of the Dodgers’ 21 postseason games in 2018-19, and on this episode we look at how LA might fill those innings in 2020, both in-house and external options. We also discussed a quote from Stan Kasten in Bill Plaschke’s article Sunday from the LA Times.

We recorded this Monday, which was before the reported Jimmy Nelson signing, but did mention Dustin Nosler’s informative analysis from two weeks ago at Dodgers Digest.

Also on the docket: the very future of this podcast, amid the unknown future of this site itself, and thoughts on the changes (after we had a couple of weeks to ruminate).

There are some audio issues in this, as we had internet trouble during recording. Our apologies.

Please send any questions for future podcasts to, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch.

Whitlow Wyatt of the Brooklyn Dodgers
Whit Wyatt was 80-45 with a 2.86 ERA in six seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and pitched two complete games, winning one, in the 1941 World Series.
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Dodgers rewind

Among all-time Dodgers with at least 50 starts, Ryu is tied for sixth with a 129 ERA+. Hill is tied for ninth at 128, tied with this week’s look-back subject.

Whit Wyatt struggled in his 20s in the American League, found himself in the minors at age 30, and then joined a Brooklyn Dodgers team just as they were getting good. The right-hander made four All-Star teams in his six years in Brooklyn, and headlined a rotation that reached triple digits in victories in both 1941 and 1942.

More: Wyatt’s SABR biography

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