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Dodgers Postseason News: Ross Stripling To Be on NLDS Playoff Roster

Chicken Strip will be around in October.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 14: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on April 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. No more than 7 images from any single MLB game, workout, activity or event may be used (including online and on apps) while that game, activity or event is in progress. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

In what comes as somewhat of a surprise, Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling will be making the postseason roster, according to Alanna Rizzo of Sports Net LA.

Stripling, 29, has tossed 84 2/3 innings to the tune of a 3.40 ERA and 3.71 FIP. He has been utilized as something of a combo pitcher — both a starter and reliever — and has succeeded in that role. As a starter, he has posted a 3.36 ERA this season and as a reliever, he has posted a 3.57 ERA.

This development likely takes one of Dustin May or Caleb Ferguson entirely out of the running for a playoff spot unless the Dodgers decide to carry thirteen pitchers and twelve position players instead of it being in reverse. This is a big announcement for the outlook of the postseason roster.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke to the media prior to Tuesday’s matchup with the Rays and shed some light on the situation. He stated that Stripling will not be on the postseason roster as a starter, but will throw bulk innings in the playoffs. That is the role in which Stripling thrives.

We will see how the rest of the roster shakes out in a couple weeks with October quickly approaching. Stripling has seen playoff experience with the Dodgers already and he could be counted on to throw innings of meaning.

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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