Updated August. 13, 2014 06:09
LA Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, 27, will duel with Ervin Santana, 32, right-handed pitcher who is in his 10th year in Major League baseball. Ryu, who has achieved his 13th win of the season on Friday with seven shutout innings, allowing only two hits, against the LA Angels, will take the ideal five-day break then take the mound at Turner Field, Atlanta, at 8:10 a.m. on Thursday.
This is his first pitching against Atlanta and second on the Turner Field mound. He allowed five ball nets on May 18 and only managed 5 innings. He took the bench without a loss or victory and his team lost 5-8. Santana, whom Ryu will battle, debuted at the Angels and is a veteran who recorded a total of 116 wins, 96 losses and a 4.15 earned run average. His results this season are 11 wins, 6 losses and a 3.69 earned run average. He has posted two-digit wins a total of six times.
Atlanta, which Ryu will play against the first time this year, will have to be wary of Justin Upton, who is posting 21 home runs, and Evan Gattis, who is second-ranked in his team. Yet Atlanta is currently mired in a severe slump, having posted two wins and 10 losses during the past 12 games, including nine consecutive losses following the San Diego Padres on July 29. If Ryu uses cornerwork and bad balls at suitable moments, Ryu is likely to win.