Before Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the mound for his 29th start of his incredible 2019 season on Saturday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke with AM 570’s David Vassegh, where he told the host of Dodger Talk what he thinks about Ryu’s chances to win the Cy Young Award.
Dave Roberts said he believes that Ryu is the front runner for NL Cy Young, but also added "I think there is an unfortunate east coast bias going on around." #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) September 28, 2019
Ryu’s stats this season speak for themselves. He currently leads the National League in ERA with 2.41 and in walks per nine innings pitched with 1.230, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
While Ryu’s 2019 campaign has been outstanding, he did have a rough stretch in August and early September when he posted a 7.48 ERA after returning from a stint on the IL.
Before that, he had a 1.45 ERA and was without question the front runner for the Cy Young. The fact that he had such a bad slump and is still leading in ERA is telling of just how dominant he was in the first half of the season.
Despite this, ESPN’s Cy Young predictor doesn’t have Ryu projected to win, or even finish in second. Interestingly enough, he’s not even the highest-projected Dodger on the list. That honor goes to Clayton Kershaw, who is projected to finish second. ESPN currently predicts Washington’s Stephen Strasburg to win the award, while Ryu is ranked fourth. Mets ace Jacob DeGrom isn’t even on the list.
Is there an East Coast bias? Maybe so, but Ryu certainly didn’t do himself any favors with his late season slump.
Ryu will pitch his final start of the regular season and his final chance to make a statement on why he should win the Cy Young on Saturday against the Giants.