Dontrelle Willis pitched in the majors again. And it was OK.

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Dontrelle Willis made his return to the majors yesterday, starting for the Reds against the Brewers. I like Willis as a person so much that it has pained me to see him struggle these past three years, so I could barely look at the box score last night I was so nervous. But actually: it was OK. Not great, but OK.

Willis got a no-decision when Francisco Cordero blew the save, but did pitch well enough to win.  He allowed two runs on four hits. The key to his struggles have been his walks, however, and he did walk four batters in six innings. Struck out four too.  I didn’t see him pitch so I can’t say whether he had anything or if, like his last few big league stints, his strikeouts were a function of guys getting to eager too smack his flat stuff, so if anyone watched the game, please chime in with your impressions.

Obviously, though, one game won’t tell us enough about his outing to give us a clear idea of how long he’ll stick or if he’s anywhere close to being the pitcher he once was.  I want to be optimistic, even if the walks are troubling.  For now, though, he doesn’t have to be spectacular. He need only be better than Edinson Volquez, and that ain’t too tough a trick at the moment.

Huyn-Jin Ryu to start Game 2 for the Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said yesterday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Game 2 of the World Series. Walker Buehler will start Game 3.

Ryu, a lefty, was 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in a 15-start regular season. He pitched seven scoreless innings in the NLDS against the Braves and made two starts in the NLCS against Milwaukee. The Dodgers won his first one there, in which he allowed two runs in four and a third. He took the loss in Game 6 after getting lit up for five runs on seven hits in three innings.

Buehler, who was 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA in the regular season, went dour and two-thirds and allowed just one run in the NLCS clincher against the Brewers on Saturday night.