Stripling pitched two scoreless innings without factoring into the decision of Sunday's win over Colorado.
Stripling's only other start of the season was Aug. 26, so it wasn't surprising to see him pitch just two innings Sunday. He's had an underwhelming season out of the bullpen for the Dodgers with a 4.02 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through 47 relief appearances. Assuming the 27-year-old righty doesn't return to the starting rotation next year, he'll be off the fantasy grid in the majority of settings.
Stripling is expected to start Sunday's regular-season finale unless he is needed Saturday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Stripling will likely head up a bullpen game against Colorado in what would be just his second start of the year, barring any major implosions in the Dodgers' penultimate game of the regular season. Stripling has been solid in 72.1 innings this season, but without the ability to go deep enough into the game to qualify for the win, his streaming appeal is limited.
Stripling allowed one hit and one walk while striking out five over three scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Saturday.
Stripling did a fine job heading up this bullpen game and the rest of the relief corps held pretty steady, but the Dodgers' offense couldn't muster anything against Zach Davies and company. With Yu Darvish (back) and Clayton Kershaw (back) both returning imminently, Stripling will head to the bullpen and likely stay there for good over the remainder of the campaign.
Stripling was named the starter for Saturday's game against the Brewers, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Earlier in the week, manager Dave Roberts said that Stripling was viewed as a candidate to start Saturday's contest. Stripling has only been used as a reliever this season and has thrown 58 innings over 35 games, during which he's built a respectable 3.41 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Yu Darvish (back) is scheduled to be activated from the DL on Sunday, and Clayton Kershaw (back) is approaching his return as well, so Stripling will likely return to the bullpen after Saturday's contest.
Manager Dave Roberts named Stripling as a candidate to start Saturday's game against the Brewers, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
After starting 14 games for the Dodgers as a rookie in 2016, Stripling has worked exclusively in relief this season, submitting a 3.41 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 58 innings. The Dodgers are seemingly intent to deploy Stripling as a long reliever over the final few weeks of the regular season, but with Alex Wood (chest) becoming the latest starter to hit the team's growing list of injured pitchers, few other appealing rotation alternatives exist on the 40-man roster. Since he's tossed no more than three innings in any outing with the big club during the campaign, Stripling could face a limited pitch count if he indeed receives the nod Saturday in what would likely just be a spot start. The Dodgers are hopeful that at least two of Wood, Clayton Kershaw (back) and Yu Darvish (back) will return from the DL next week, which would allow Stripling to head back to the bullpen.
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