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Dodgers Announce Pitching Probables for World Series Rematch in Boston

The Dodgers are going in an interesting direction when it comes to their starting pitching coming out of the All-Star Break.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 24: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during the seventh inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 24, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

The Dodgers have set their post All-Star Break pitching rotation and it is not what you would expect.

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.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. I enjoy reading your take on the Dodgers from time to time. Keep up the good work! Go Dodgers…

  2. I predict the Dodgers will win only 1-game against Boston based on whom the Dodgers will throw against the Red Sox, Maeda, Stripling, and Ryu(crossing my fingers he gets the win). Part of the problem is the Dodgers FO with the team leading the NL-West by 13.5 games, feel they have a confortable margin to “play-around.” Wrong way of thinking, the Dodgers could be swept at Boston and their lead could be down to 10.5 after Sunday.

    • Robin, I don’t like to predict games too much ahead of time but honestly, with Boston throwing LHP in all 3 games and Dodgers having shown a breakdown in the offense they will be swept because as of the moment Dodger offense is basically doing what it did last year in the WS. Striking out with RISP with less than 2 outs, leaving a runner on 3rd with no out but failing to score him, and our hitless wonders behind the dish (Catchers). OH and Boston is sure to hit at least 2 maybe 3 HR’s off of Maeda to start this series in tonight’s game. and look for Stripling to do the same as far as serving HR’s up too. If Dodgers cannot get across at least 6 runs in each game, we will be in trouble this weekend.

      • You may not like to predict games, but you nailed it. Unfortunately for us, Boston is using great “strategy” by playing on our offense’s Achilles heel, LHP. This should be a reminder that if we plan to be successful post-season (or regular season for that matter), our Dodgers need more than bull pen improvement before the July 31st deadline….or we will continue to be vulnerable to any team’s strategy to use predominantly LHP against us and our lead will dwindle. Nevertheless, for purpose of this series, I am going to be optimistic and hope that Ryu can stop Boston’s offense and ours will jump start sufficient enough to get the W. I have no idea what Stripling will be able to manage today, specifically after our performance yesterday…..but I love our Dodgers and will continue to believe in our players’ talent. Come on boys, get it together!

  3. I agree. The Dodgers think, with their lead, there is time to “play around ” with the team. Why? They need to develop their kill instinct and dominate. Why give your opponent time to surface and breathe?
    Even if you have Koufax starting every game, you still need to score more than one run.

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