MLB.com’s Michael Lananna has the report …
Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will throw a 45-pitch simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday — another step forward as he tries to return for a potential Game 3 start in the National League Division Series against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Monday.
Ryu hasn’t pitched in a game since September 13 and shoulder injuries seem to linger, but the Korean southpaw threw around 40 pitches during a full-effort bullpen session on Sunday and has not experienced any discomfort in the days since.
The Dodgers will roll with Clayton Kershaw in NLDS Game 1 on Friday in Los Angeles and Zack Greinke in Game 2. If Ryu isn’t ready for Game 3, when the series shifts to St. Louis, Dan Haren probably gets the call.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.