Ross Stripling is one of six different pitchers who will start for the Dodgers in a six-game stretch this week. (Associated Press photo)
Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart are scheduled to start the next two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That will complete a streak of four straight rookie pitchers (Kenta Maeda today, Jose De Leon yesterday) who will have started a game with the Dodgers nursing a small lead in the National League West standings.
What’s more, the Dodgers are scheduled to use a different starting pitcher in all six games they will play this week.
However, things are about to get normal. (Normal-ish, at least.) After an off-day Thursday, the Dodgers travel to Miami to kick off a 10-game road trip. Here are the probable matchups for that series:
The Dodgers have boasted about their roster depth all season. Now, one statistic neatly sums up just how often they’ve needed it.
The Dodgers are one of two teams without a current 40-man roster player who hasn’t seen action in a major league game this season. The New York Mets are the other.
It’s not unusual for teams to exhaust their 40-man rosters in September, when active rosters expand from 25 to 40. To do so in mid-August is rare; the Dodgers achieved the feat when Rich Hill made his debut on Aug. 24.
Hat tip to Jason Martinez, found/director of content for rosterresource.com, for doing the research on this.