This move would make sense considering the Dodgers' lack of bullpen depth behind the recently re-signed Kenley Jansen. Stripling posted a 3.96 ERA in 22 appearances (14 starts) in his rookie season last year, showing that he can pitch in the majors as a swingman.
Stripling (4-6) gave up two runs on three hits and struck out five over five innings in a win Tuesday over Arizona.
Stripling is approaching an innings limit and wasn't showing his normal velocity, so he was removed after just 66 pitches despite what looks on paper like a solid five frames. Considering the Dodgers have an expanded roster bullpen to play with, it probably isn't worth expecting Stripling to go deep in whatever games he appears in down the stretch. The rookie has done a fine job filling into the Dodgers rotation, posting a 4.12 ERA and a 62:25 K:BB in 87.1 innings, but the Dodgers would probably rather take their chances with a reliever than let Stripling face a lineup for the third time around.
Stripling pitched three runs on nine hits and one walk with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.
The fact that Stripling, who now rides a three-game losing streak, managed a quality start at Coors Field is somewhat amazing in itself. He was tagged for a season-high nine hits, but managed to escape disaster at every turn, inducing multiple double-plays while matching his season high with 12 ground outs. Stripling is barely hanging on to his starting role, and with rosters expanding, he'll likely be the odd-man out if a change takes place. For now, the right-hander is slated to start again Tuesday versus Arizona.
Stripling will pitch Wednesday against the Rockies, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Stripling has struggled during his last two starts, allowing six runs over 10 innings between said outings. With a 4.13 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, Stripling has left much to be desired when he takes the mound. He'll have his work cut out for him Wednesday when he pitches against the Rockies at Coors Field, the most hitter-friendly environment in the league.
Stripling (3-5) gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Giants.
His demotion to the minors didn't last long, as he went down last Friday and was brought back up Tuesday in advance of this start. Unfortunately, the results weren't any better than they've been all year long -- Stripling has provided precious little in the way of longevity or run prevention as a starter, posting a 4.59 ERA over 64.2 innings. He's been much more effective (albeit in a limited sample) out of the bullpen, but the Dodgers' banged-up pitching staff needs him in the rotation for the time being. A dark cloud looms on the horizon for Stripling, as he'll make his next start against the Rockies in Coors Field on Tuesday.
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