When the Los Angeles Dodgers paid almost $26 million just for the right to sign Hyun-Jin Ryu to a six-year, $36 million contract, they instantly made the South Korean left-handed starter a San Francisco Giants enemy. It's fitting, then, that reports are indicating his major league debut will come in the second game of the season, with the Giants visiting the Dodgers in Chavez Ravine.
Giants fans will be the first to see the South Korean transplant in regular season action, and according to his scouting report, they'll see a fastball in the low 90s and a plus changeup, in addition to a curveball and slider.
Ryu, 26, is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA and a .210 opponent batting average this spring. He has 23 strikeouts and eight walks in 23 1/3 innings.
The 6-foot-2, 255-pound lefty authored a 2.80 ERA along with a 98-52 record over his seven-year career playing Korean Professional Baseball with the Hanwha Eagles.
Game 2 was originally slated to be Zack Greinke's start, but setbacks to his inflamed throwing elbow are expected to push his first Dodgers start back to Game 4. In that case, the man with a six-year contract worth $142 million would miss the opening series with the Giants.
Matt Cain will face 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw in the season opener April 1, and it will be Madison Bumgarner facing Ryu in Game 2. The series finale is expected to pit Josh Beckett against Tim Lincecum.