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.
Asked Roberts if Ross Stripling has made himself valuable enough that he doesn't have to worry about being sent down to make room: "Yes"
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 13, 2017
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.
#Dodgers Ross Stripling has retired 19 of past 21 batters faced including who's who of NL hitters — Arenado, Bryant, Rizzo, Goldschmidt
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 16, 2017
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.