Dodgers’ Bullpen Grades for the Month of May

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May 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of Dodger Stadium during a MLB baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
May 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of Dodger Stadium during a MLB baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 27, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Ross Stripling (68) throws in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

. . . Ross Stripling. A+

Ross Stripling may just be the glue that is keeping this bullpen together and is the needed guy out of the pen at the moment.

Stripling has been mostly used as a long relief guy this season, as he has picked up the slack for starters when they can’t go further than six. Stripling owned opposing hitters in May, cruising to a 1.26 ERA in 14.1 innings pitched.

Stripling may be the guy who gets the least hype on this bullpen, but the converted starter has been more than happy to mop up the middle innings when the Dodgers are stuck in a jam. The team does not need Stripling in high leverage situations at the moment, but it’s good to know that they have a stud that they can hand the ball to if they need it.

Stripling has made great use of his role in the bullpen and has embraced the middle innings role he was thrown into. Stripling has always been a guy who gets hit harder the more guys see him. The Dodgers may have found the perfect spot for him, and he is making them look like geniuses for putting him there.

Stripling gets an A+ for May, as he has been a pleasant surprise in the middle innings for the team and without him, the starters would not be as successful they are now.

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