The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees played their first three game series since 2016 as the Yankees came into Dodger Stadium to take 2 out of 3 games from the Dodgers and out scoring the NL’s best offense 16-5. The Yankees looked really good compared to the Dodgers, however there were a few things that caught my eye about this series.
- Hyun Jin-Ryu looked tired
Ryu had one of his worst starts of the season lasting just 4 ⅓ innings allowing a season-high 7 runs on 9 hits and allowing 3 home runs. He did not have the pin point control we had seen all year and continuously left pitches over the middle of the plate. Ryu is enjoying the best season of his big league career this year with 12-4 record and a 2.00 ERA with 133 strikeouts across 152.2 innings pitched, however his 152.2 innings pitched are the 2nd most he has thrown in a season since joining the MLB in 2013. Ryu has had multiple shoulder injuries that cost him all of 2015 and most of 2016 so maybe he just needs to not pitch as often going forward. I think the Dodgers would rather have Ryu ready for game 1 of the playoffs then forcing him to throw every five days until the start of the season so hopefully he gets the rest he needs before October.
Image: Dave Roberts taking Hyun Jin-Ryu out of the game Friday vs the Yankees / Photo Credit: LATimes.com
- Kenley Jansen locked down a huge save
This season has not been kind to Kenley Jansen. The 3 time All Star closer has blown more saves this season (6) than he had in 2017 and 2018 combined already and currently holds career worsts in ERA, ERA+, and hits allowed per 9 innings. However on Saturday with the Dodgers up 1 in the ninth Jansen was able to come through and seal the deal securing the Dodgers only win of the series. He started the inning off shaky and allowed the bases to be loaded at one point, but with 2 outs he got Gary Sanchez to swing through a cutter to end the game and leave all 3 runners stranded on base. This was a huge confidence booster for Jansen who had not been able to have a moment like that in quite some time. This comes after Manager Dave Roberts announced a restriction on Jansens innings going forward, so watching him get the save on Saturday was good for everyone involved.
Image: Kenley Jansen celebrates after locking down a save for the Dodgers / Photo Credit: OCRegistar.com
- The team needs to stay healthy the rest of the way
It’s no secret that many people believed that this past weekend’s match up would be a preview of this year’s World Series and if that’s going to be true, then the Dodgers are going to need to make sure they have all hands on deck. The Yankees beat Ryu and Clayton Kershaw in the same series which is not a great sign for Dodger fans. However, it’s important to remember that the Yankees didn’t see Walker Buehler and they saw the worst version of Ryu. If the team can have everyone healthy and clicking on the same page come October, I could see the series going much differently, especially if the Dodgers can lock up home field advantage for the playoffs.
Image: Cody Bellinger celebrates hitting a home run with teammates / Photo Credit: Dodgers.MLBBlogs.com
Do you think these two teams will meet in the World Series this year? Who do you think will play in the fall classic? Leave a comment to let me know, and as always, thanks for reading!