Los Angeles Dodgers' South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin has come a long way to reach where he was standing Thursday, in the afterglow of the best postseason start of his career.
The Yankees are headed up to Fenway Park ahead of their AL Division Series opener against the Red Sox on Friday night. Yes, those Reds, the ones who had a 67-95 record, good for third worst in the National League this year. They struck out 10 times. So how did the turn around happen?
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Since picking Turner off waivers in 2014, he has been one of the leaders both defensively and offensively.
Ryu had an edge over the final month of the season, posting a 1.88 ERA after overcoming a groin injury. Without Turner, the Dodgers would not be close to winning the division this year.
Despite vastly different lineups in the second half depending on whether they are facing a right-handed pitcher or a lefty, the Dodgers still managed to hit an NL-leading 235 home runs. Russell's unpaid suspension includes the 11 regular-season games he missed after being placed on administrative leave September 21.More news: Panthers S Reid will start against Giants
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Grandal gave the Dodgers five home runs in the first two games of the series when he crushed a solo shot into the seats in right-center field in the fifth inning.
Muncy's homer off Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead. With a minimum of 400 at-bats for the season, Muncy was just behind Christian Yelich in the National League in wRC+. The big-hitting rookie never got into the swing at Dodger Stadium, and neither did the rest of the Atlanta Braves.
Ryu threw a season-high 104 pitches in this one. In his last start against the Rockies, he announced to the rest of the world that he is ready to be seen as an ace.
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There is a lot of Braves history in Dodger Stadium and the Braves are hoping for more in this series. We have more off days now during the season, so it kind of worked out that way.
Sometimes small ball is unnecessary and the Dodgers are proving that. Their lone victory came in the 1996 NLCS when they lost to St. Louis and came back to take the series in seven games.
Whether the three-time NL Cy Young Award victor agrees with them might be altogether different.