In his first six starts for the Dodgers, rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu has definitely lived up to expectations.
He's tossed at least six innings in all of his outings, five of which have been quality starts. The South Korean phenom has also managed to strike out 46 batters in just 37 2/3 innings for a 3-1 record and 3.35 ERA.
Striking out a career-high 12 against the Rockies on Tuesday, Ryu held them to just two runs on three hits in six innings for the win.
"He changes speeds, hit spots," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after the game. "He had a good curve, a slider. He didn't use his changeup as much. That's a sign of a guy who uses what he needs to. He's a tough matchup."
He'll look to keep up that hot start Sunday against the Giants at AT&T Park as the Dodgers try to salvage the series after two heartbreaking walk-off home runs by San Francisco in the first two games.
Facing the Giants on April 2 in his first career Major League start, Ryu suffered his only loss so far this year, allowing three runs (one earned) on 10 hits in 61/3 innings.
Meanwhile, Matt Cain will be on the hill for the Giants, still looking for his first win of the season. In his first six outings this year, the right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.49 ERA.
In his last start Monday against the D-backs, Cain received a no-decision, allowing four runs on five hits in six innings. Cain allowed three home runs in the fourth inning, marking the most long balls he's allowed in a single frame in his career.
"It is a little weird, because you make some [good] pitches and they hit homers," Cain said after the game. "You think one of them's a double and it's a homer. It's like all the hits are homers. But do you really understand it? No. It's kind of the way it is and you get over it. You just have to keep trying to make pitches."
Cain faced the Dodgers on Opening Day, allowing only four hits in six shutout innings for a no-decision. He also struck out a season-high eight back on April 1.
Dodgers: Ramirez placed on DL
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left hamstring. The Dodgers recalled Dee Gordon to take his place.
After Ramirez suffered the injury trying to go from first to third in the sixth inning of Friday's game, he said the hamstring felt better Saturday.
"It feels better than last night, but it's still uncomfortable feeling in there," said Ramirez, who is likely out for a month with the injury.
• Right-hander Zack Greinke, who is on the 15-day disabled list, is two to three weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken collarbone after throwing a full bullpen session Saturday at AT&T Park, exactly three weeks after surgery.
Giants: Team may keep 13 pitchers when Mijares returns
Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that when reliever Jose Mijares returns from the bereavement list, he may consider going with 13 pitchers. The Giants currently have 12.
The decision will come down to how the starting pitchers are faring and how deep they're pitching into games, Bochy said.
"What's more important for us right now?" Bochy said, sharing the question he'll soon face. "Having an extra pinch-hitter, or have an extra pitcher?"
• The Dodgers will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Dodger Stadium on Monday at 5:30 p.m. PT to mark the opening of the new Play Zone presented by Children's Hospital Los Angeles, located on the third-base side of the Reserve Level.
• Giants starting pitchers have not earned a victory in 11 games, since Barry Zito's win April 21 against San Diego.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.