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Dodgers’ New Ace is Making Bettors Money

Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 19, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The LA Dodgers have covered the spread, and fairly easily I might add, in four of Hyun-Jin Ryu’s last five starts. The South Korean pitcher is on pace to have his best major league season with a 1.52 ERA and 0.74 WHIP through nine starts. Ryu and the Dodgers are a big moneyline favorite tonight at picturesque PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

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Standout Stats

  • Hyun-Jim Ryu has a 0.28 ERA through four starts in May. He’s gone 32 innings without allowing an earned run.
  • After a torrid start to 2019, Joe Musgrove has come back to earth with 16 earned runs in his last 19 innings pitched.
  • Musgrove has 10 walks in that span after issuing just seven free passes in his six starts to begin the year.
  • Pittsburgh ranks worst in the National League in hard hit ball percentage vs lefties. 19.4 percent of contact is soft.,
  • The Pirates are 27th in MLB in OPS vs left-handed pitching. They also strikeout in 26 percent of their plate appearances vs LHP.
  • The Dodgers are No. 2 in HR in the National League with 79 round-trippers. Only Milwaukee has more with 83.
  • 42.9 percent of LA’s batted balls are classified as hard hit. That’s No. 4 in MLB behind Texas, St. Louis, and Atlanta.

My Best Bet for Dodgers vs Pirates

Dodgers -1.5

All about the Ryu Express! I’m riding with Hyun-Jin Ryu until this ends. He’s on a historic run and I’m loving him and the Dodgers against the hot and cold Pirates.