Dodgers Could Follow Sixth Starter Trend This Year

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Julio Urias
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Of course Kenley Jansen is the Dodgers most talented reliever.  However, I would argue that Stripling is the most valuable reliever to Dave Roberts.  Stripling is versatile and can serve in different roles for Roberts and Dodgers at any given time throughout the season.  Stripling has primarily served as a starting pitcher in his young career to date.  Last year, Stripling was used almost exclusively out of the bullpen.  Stripling is durable and can step into the sixth starter role whenever Roberts needs him to.  Look for him to do so, especially when the team goes through a long stretch without an off day and Roberts wants to give one of his veteran starters a breather.