Ryu makes rotation against all odds
Back in December when we looked at the LAD rotational depth we had Ryu on there simply out of respect but in the analysis, I didn’t give him any innings.
I think the Dodgers will give him a long look this spring but end up releasing him. I hope I’m really wrong on this and that he surprises everyone but for this exercise, no innings for Ryu.
Ryu surprised just about everyone by not only being healthy but being effective. He hit every threshold and kept right on ticking. Dave Roberts announced today after Ryu went five innings that he had indeed made the rotation.
With Ryu making the rotation, that gives the Dodgers a very nice problem to have. They have seven legitimate starters for only five spots. The final spot is between McCarthy and Wood, but in a few weeks, they will also have to figure out what to do when they want to put Urias in the rotation. Scott Kazmir starts the year on the DL but he also has to be dealt with if he can figure out his problems once he comes off the DL and goes through his rehab.
Just imagine if Ryu is back to being Ryu. I’m guessing Ryu would be on an innings count given he hasn’t pitched in two years, good thing the Dodgers have plenty of options to give him rest.