Dodgers News: Ross Stripling to Return from IL as Reliever

Stripling will no longer be a member of the rotation upon his return.

According to manager Dave Roberts, right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling will transition back to the bullpen upon his return from the IL. He is currently on the shelf with neck inflammation.

Stripling suffering an extended setback in his recovery process is not good news, but with the amount of depth the Dodgers possess, there is no need to rush him back. Rookie Dustin May figures to cover the fifth spot in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler, Dustin May, and Kenta Maeda seems to be the set rotation for the time being, but it would not be surprising to see Tony Gonsolin eventually push Maeda to the bullpen in the near future.

When the time comes, Stripling should still be considered an option for the postseason bullpen considering his success against left-handed hitters this season, shown through a 24.4 K% and 3.53 xFIP against them.

Stripling already remains on the fringes of the potential postseason roster and with his health in question, the picture gets even murkier for him.

On the season, Stripling has racked up 76 strikeouts with a 3.64 ERA across 76 2/3 innings of work.

Any extended absence for Stripling has a major impact on the Dodgers considering his invaluable versatility with him being able to both start and relieve with relatively no difference in production.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 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 hope he doesn’t make the playoff roster. His stuff does not play against the powerhouse teams. I hope he gets his wish and can start ,but for another team next year and gets traded in the offseason.

  2. In the 2018 All-Star game didn’t two Astros all-stars(I don’t remember) hit back-to-back homers off of Stripling? If so, great more Dodgers pitchers for Astros to tee-off on i.e. Kershaw, Darvish.

  3. Depending on home field I like the Yankees to win the AL. Its all about talent, momentum, injuries, and luck.
    We shall see.
    Stripling has proven to be incredibly valuable in his in between role of starter and reliever. I think they may keep him as that role is incredibly difficult mentally and physically.
    May and Gosolin have better “stuff” than Stripling and should nose him out in next years fight for a rotation spot.
    If I were the Dodgers I would trade Chicken Strip during the winter they should get a good return.

    • I agree with your overall analysis,t; however, I would not necessarily deal Strips, at least not yet. He has had an injury-plagued year, and is a former All Sat. And, with our depth, we can afford to keep him on the roster. Maeda is the one who scares me, especially in his role as a starter. He can not won a game since May, I believe. If we end up facing Houston or the Yanks, I want Kersh, Ryu, Ferris and May as my starters. Go Blue!!!

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