The Dodgers have set their post All-Star Break pitching rotation and it is not what you would expect.
Fri — RHP Kenta Maeda (7-5, 3.76) vs. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (9-4, 4.65)
Sat — RHP Ross Stripling (3-3, 3.79) vs. LHP Chris Sale (3-8, 4.04)
Sun — LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-2, 1.73) vs. LHP David Price (7-2, 3.24)
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 11, 2019
As the Dodgers head to Boston for a three-game World Series rematch against with the Red Sox, they will roll out RHP Kenta Maeda, RHP Ross Stripling, and LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu in that order.
This pitching order also indicates that Ross Stripling will remain the fifth man in the Dodgers’ rotation while Rich Hill continues to make his way back from a forearm strain.
Heading into the second half, the rotation will consist of right-handers Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling, and Walker Buehler along with southpaws Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw, making up quite the rotation.
The Dodgers maintain the best rotation in the National League by a wide margin, posting a 3.06 ERA. That is good for second in Major League Baseball, behind the Tampa Bay Rays who utilize the unorthodox opener strategy.
It will be interesting to see if the Dodgers make a major acquisition to bolster the rotation as the trade deadline approaches.