Game One: Ross Stripling (0-1, 2.20 ERA) Vs. Max Scherzer (7-1, 1.69 ERA)
The Dodgers will be tasked with having to go against the best pitcher in baseball right now in Max Scherzer. While there is no doubt that Scherzer is the best pitcher in the game at the moment, Ross Stripling has quietly impressed after being inserted into the starting rotation. In his last three starts, Stripling has a 1.74 ERA which is lower than Scherzer’s 1.83 ERA in his last three starts.
Offensively, the Dodgers have not gotten many runs off of Mad Max. Matt Kemp has the only home run in the regular season off Scherzer while Joc Pederson has homered off of Scherzer in the postseason. Yasiel Puig has the best batting average against Scherzer with a .333 average and appears to be trending upward after a few home runs in the series with Miami.
The Dodgers are hoping to get Friday’s game in as there is a 90% chain of rain for the Washington area. Perhaps this could be the break the Dodgers need to finally scrape some runs across the board against the best starting pitcher in baseball. A wet field and baseball could add some weirdness to the game and give the Dodgers a chance that their awakening offense needs.