Ryu Hyun-jin will start in Game 3 for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series at home this weekend.
"Ryu and Ricky Nolasco are scheduled to pitch Games 3 and 4 of the National League Division Series for the Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly announced Wednesday," the official website of Major League Baseball reported later that day.
The role of the Game 3 starter is as crucial as those of the previous starters in the best-of-five Division Series. If the team already has two wins under its belt, the starting pitcher carries the weight of wrapping up the series. If it has two losses, then he finds himself tasked with the unenviable job of saving the team from elimination.
Ryu, who will become the first Korean pitcher to start in the postseason, will pitch against 22-year-old righthander Julio Teheran.
Teheran has been consistently mentioned along with Ryu as a candidate for this season's Rookie of the Year award. Both finished the regular season with 14 wins and eight losses. Teheran recorded a 3.20 ERA and Ryu 3.00.