The Los Angeles Dodgers go into this afternoon’s game with a tidy unbeaten record of 2-0-1 thanks two victories so far that bookend a dramatic 3-3 tie against the Texas Rangers. Well, with a new game there comes new pitchers. And today is no different. The pitching list for today has been announced.
Among the pitchers on the list are Zach Lee, who will be starting today, and Ross Stripling. Both pitchers have a shot at winning the Dodgers’ fifth starting rotation spot due to the injury to Brett Anderson. So, there is quite a bit on the line today for each man, and it’ll be fun to watch.
The official pitching list courtesy of Dodger Insider on Twitter shortly ago:
Among those scheduled to follow Zach Lee on the mound today for the Dodgers: Ross Stripling, Chase De Jong, Adam Liberatore, Matt West.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) March 6, 2016
As noted, Zach Lee will be starting today. Lee only pitched a couple innings in the Majors last season, but it went disastrously as he finished with a 13.50 ERA. However, in Triple-A, he posted a 2.70 ERA in 113 innings and struck out 81 batters while walking just 19. He’s a strike thrower, and those are pretty valuable.
Ross Stripling is a right-hander who threw 67 innings in Double-A last season and finished with a 3.88 ERA and punched out 55 batters. He throws from 88-94, and he features a slider, curveball, and changeup. He has a chance to possibly win the fifth starter job, as does Lee.
Chase De Jong is a right-hander that pitched primarily in A-ball last season, and he features a fastball that sits between 88-92. He also has a solid curveball and a changeup. Adam Liberatore, who we saw the other day, is a solid lefty reliever, and Matt West is a decent right-hander who closed out the team’s opener on Thursday.
Liberatore might have a shot at making the team as a left-handed specialist, and Lee and Stripling are battling it out to see which one might have a chance to take the fifth starter spot. In all, this is going to be a pretty interesting day for pitchers.