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Dodgers: Dustin May Not Starting Sunday, Ross Stripling Named as Option

May continues to be shuttled back and forth between the rotation and bullpen.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 01: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dustin May (85) throws a pitch during a MLB game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 1, 2019 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters that right-handed pitcher Dustin May will not be starting on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group.

Right-hander Ross Stripling will be activated on September 1 when rosters expand and figures to be the starter on Sunday, according to previous comments made by Roberts.

May, 21, has had his struggles out of the bullpen well-chronicled, but as time moves on, he should begin to acclimate to the role. The hope is he can be a meaningful member of the bullpen in October and time will be on his side with a month remaining in the regular season.

On the year, May has tossed 24 1/3 innings to the tune of a 4.07 ERA. Out of the bullpen, however, it has been a different story seeing May toss two innings and allow four earned runs. His starts have gone a lot differently, where has pitched to a 2.82 ERA. These are all in a small sample size, but it has been obvious in which capacity May feels more comfortable.

Stripling will be coming back from the injured list carrying a 3.64 ERA and 3.92 FIP across 76 2/3 innings of work. In a starting capacity, Stripling has held a 3.54 ERA and as a reliever, he holds a 4.02 ERA. He will be heavily vying for a playoff roster spot.

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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    • Don’t look now, Robin, but Clayton is moving up the ladder in Cy Young stats. Don’t count him out. First in NL WHIP. 5th in ERA. First in win percentage. And going for win 14 tonight. 1 behind leaders

  1. Ross will be a big stabilization factor for the team. He is able to be plugged into the bullpen in a variety of roles or start and give solid innings. Welcome back Ross!

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