The Dodgers bullpen is among their greatest strengths. One reason why is long reliever Ross Stripling.

Stripling, a natural start who’s settled in the pen, has been masterful in 2017. As a result, he’s at no risk of a demotion.

Stripling and Alex Wood make for what might be the best duo of long relievers in the game, though Wood will slot into the rotation if Rich Hill goes back on the disabled list. In 8.2 innings, Stripling has a 1.04 ERA and 13 strikeouts. He’s won battles with some of the NL’s best bats, as Bill Plunkett notes.

Unless more injuries pile up, Stripling should stay in his present role. The Dodgers may have found the best way to maximize his talent. For him, he’s carving his way to being a permanent fixture in Los Angeles.

Trayce Thompson was demoted for Rich Hill Sunday

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  1. Phil

    Good article. I basically agree re Stripling and Wood. There is a big “however” however…it’s very early to draw any conclusions, but I’m hopeful these two can fill any gaps that seem to have already arisen with Hill and Maeda. Starters must go longer than four innings.

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