Los Angeles-- This is extremely unfortunate to say, but Hyun-Jin Ryu officially lost the Cy Young race in the last three weeks.
After owning a league-best 1.45 earned-run average through his first 22 starts, Ryu has allowed 21 runs in 19 innings — a 9.95 ERA — over his last four outings. His ERA has climbed a full run during the span. Tonight, he was not much better. The left-hander allowed three runs, six hits, and four walks over a season-low 4 1/3 innings.
But even after all of his struggles, the Dodgers still won smoothly. Los Angeles took another victory from the struggling Colorado Rockies 7-3, to complete a 3-game sweep at Dodger Stadium.
I'm not sure how else to describe the way Joc Pederson has been hitting the ball, so let me dumb it down for you in the most obvious way possible - he is on fire.
Monday night, Pederson hit 3-for-3 with two home runs and a double that missed being a home run by inches, before he left the game with an injury. Do you think smashing into the right-field wall full speed is going to stop Joc Pederson? You are grossly mistaken my friend.
Just two nights later, Pederson led off with a home run off Antonio Senzatela, drew a walk in the third, and then mashed a two-run homer in the fourth off Wes Parsons to break the National League record for home runs in a season with 250. Pederson’s hot streak: four home runs, a double, and seven RBIs in five plate appearances.
The Colorado Rockies have not won a game at Dodger Stadium since June 30, 2018, an 11-game losing streak that ranks as its longest drought at Chavez Ravine in franchise history. They are in the middle of a season-high nine games, which is Colorado's longest losing streak since 2015.
Adam Kolarek, Ross Stripling, Caleb Ferguson, and Pedro Baez all stymied the Rockies offense after Ryu exited to give the bullpen confidence.
The Dodgers are now 92-50. The San Francisco Giants come into town for a 3-game series.