Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 4/3/13
In the sixth inning of his greatly anticipated major league debut, Hyun-Jin Ryu was booed at home after he loafed to first base on a groundout. Minutes later, Ryu received a partial standing ovation from the Dodger Stadium faithful as he departed with the Dodgers trailing in what became a 3-0 loss to the rival Giants. That summed up Tuesday night for the most celebrated pitcher to come from Korea in more than 20 years: not great, not awful, but oddly memorable and – above all – quite promising. Statistically speaking, the results were mixed: Ryu allowed 10 hits but only one earned run in 6-1/3 innings, thanks to three well-timed double plays. A skeptic would say Ryu was lucky to escape trouble so often. I, for one, think the left-hander showed Buehrle-esque savvy despite lacking an effective curveball. "A guy that knows what he's doing," manager Don Mattingly said, in a tone that suggested he will be able to trust Ryu without necessarily understanding his methods. We should be ...
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