The Dodgers will have two off-days in the same week next Monday and Thursday when they hit the road to face the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The scheduling quirk will afford manager Dave Roberts a rare opportunity to shuffle his rotation or give all his starting pitchers an extra day of rest — two in some cases.
“We’re talking about kind of moving some things around maybe, but right now we’re going to keep things as is,” Roberts said. “With Ross (Stripling), and just kind of with his usage, that’s something still in his infancy. We’re trying to figure out what’s best for our club. Trying to figure out what makes sen for him and for us.”
Stripling is on an innings limit this season that the Dodgers haven’t disclosed. Four starts into the season, the rookie right-hander has a 3.22 earned-run average and has accrued 22 ⅓ innings.
ATLANTA — Ross Stripling makes his third start of the season today for the Dodgers against the Atlanta Braves. I should probably wait until after the game to riff on this topic, since it’s unfair to compare him to the other starters on staff when they’ve all started three games and he’s only started two.
But here we go, because this was an eye-popping stat even if the sample size is tiny: According to FanGraphs.com, Stripling has had the most effective changeup of any starter in baseball this season. It’s more effective than Felix Hernandez‘s changeup, more effective than Sonny Gray‘s, more effective than Stephen Strasburg‘s.
Stripling has thrown 29 changeups this season. Eleven were put in play, and only one of those resulted in a hit. That rate isn’t sustainable over the course of a full season, but it points to just how good the pitch can be in a small sample.
If nothing else, it’s something to watch for as his third game, and his first season, and his burgeoning career, progresses.
Ross Stripling has a 2.03 earned-run average after two major league starts. (Associated Press photo)
ATLANTA — Ross Stripling, who starts here tomorrow, still hasn’t lost a game in the major leagues. His 2.03 earned-run average is lower than that of Zack Greinke, Adam Wainwright and a lot of good pitchers who aren’t household names, either.
Ross Stripling allowed two runs in six innings in his second major league start Thursday. (Associated Press photo)
Ross Stripling’s two starts have elicited a burning question about the young pitcher. Namely, who is he: the guy who nearly no-hit the Giants, the guy who induced a bunch of ground balls against the Diamondbacks, or something in between? The box score is here.
Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling puts on a sweatshirt in the dugout after being relieved in the eighth inning of Friday’s game in San Francisco. Stripling did not allow a hit in his major league debut. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO >> Ross Stripling reportedly had 174 messages waiting on his phone after his near no-hitter last night. Dave Roberts had about 40, but the best message he received was delivered in person.