Rockies-Dodgers Betting Preview: Will Hyun-Jin Ryu Continue His Hot 2019 Start vs. Colorado?

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  • Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Los Angeles Dodgers (-260) face the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Dodger Stadium (7:15 p.m. ET).
  • Ryu enters his start vs. the Rockies Saturday night with a 1.26 ERA, the lowest in MLB by almost a full run.

Betting odds: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Rockies moneyline: +230
  • Dodgers moneyline: -260
  • Over/Under: 8
  • First pitch: 7:15 p.m. ET

>> All odds as of Saturday morning. Download The Action Network App to get real-time MLB odds and track your bets

Quick… name the ‘best’ starter on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Simply out of habit, a majority of people would likely utter the phrase “Kershaw” and not think a second about it.

Well, in 2019, they would be wrong.

The answer is, without a doubt, Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Ryu enters this start against the Rockies with a 1.26 ERA through 14 starts and 93 innings pitched. In Major League history, here is where Ryu currently would sit if the season ended today:

The Dodgers are 10-4 this season when Ryu starts, winning by 2.9 runs per game. Unfortunately, Ryu has been a favorite in 13 of 14 starts this season, and bettors have had to pay a price of -150 or higher in eight of his starts. This season, Ryu has profited bettors only $202 on $100 per bet.

And the one thorn in Ryu’s side? The Colorado Rockies.

In Ryu’s 10 career starts against Colorado, the Dodgers are just 4-6; a $100 bettor would have lost $318 in those 10 games.

No opponent has been more profitable against Ryu than the Rockies, with Colorado going 4-1 against him since 2017, averaging 5.4 runs per game. Ryu has posted a 6.08 ERA in those starts.

Not to mention, Ryu owns a 4.97 career ERA against the Rockies, his highest mark against any opponent with a minimum of 10 innings pitched (includes 15 different teams).

Ryu (1.26) leads all of MLB in ERA by 0.86 ahead of Mike Soroka (2.12). Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

That said, Ryu has been absolutely lights out recently at home.

In 17 home starts for Ryu over the last two seasons, the Dodgers are an astounding 15-2 (88.2%). In that span, 112 different starting pitchers have made at least 15 home starts across baseball, and none of those starters have a higher win rate than Ryu.

On Saturday night against the Rockies, Ryu will put his current 10-game home winning streak on the line. During that streak, which dates back to early September of last season, only one other pitcher has even three wins without a loss at home: Yankee reliever and key “opener” for New York, Chad Green.

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