Dodgers Way Quick Hits: Ross Stripling Set to Return Today

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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 9: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a game at Coors Field on August 9, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 9: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a game at Coors Field on August 9, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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The Dodgers bullpen is set to receive a boost the next couple of weeks when Ross Stripling and Julio Urias return.  Stripling is set to be activated from the DL today.

The Dodgers are going to activate Ross Stripling from the disabled list prior to today’s game in a move that should bolster the Dodger bullpen.  Stripling has been in the bullpen for the past couple of seasons and has a 3.14 ERA as a reliever compared to a 3.54 ERA as a starting pitcher.

Stripling should have a different role this time in the bullpen.  The last few seasons Ross Stripling has been more of a long reliever when a starter departed early from a game or the Dodgers needed a reliever to pitch multiple innings.  Stripling’s prior pen experience was mainly in low-pressure situations except when he pitched extra innings.

This time it’s possible that the Dodgers could use Stripling in a setup role.  As a reliever, Stripling did not use his curveball as much as he does as a starter so this could be something that Ross looks to change this time around.  The curve has been Stripling’s best pitch this season and if he used it more in relief then he could become one of the Dodgers’ better relievers.

While there might be a brief transition period like when Kenta Maeda was moved back to the pen, it shouldn’t take Stripling long to become accustomed to being a reliever once again.  If Stripling pitches well in relief we might finally see the full potential of the Dodger bullpen with Floro, Maeda, Alexander, and Stripling all pitching the middle innings leading up to Kenley Jansen.

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