Dodger’s rookie right hander Ross Stripling returns to the mound tonight still in search of his first win. He is just one start removed from his near no-hitter last week in San Francisco. Stripling was fantastic mixing fastballs and nasty off-speed offerings to no-hit the Giants for 7.1 innings. Unfortunately pitch count limits, the Dodger bullpen and Dave Roberts ruined his night. This time he gets a chance for redemption in the series finale against the Dbacks.
This will be Stripling’s first home game and I am sure his family and friends will be in tow in attendance. The 26-year old was very impressive in his debut and I am very excited to see him pitch tonight at Dodger Stadium. Besides coming five outs away from making history, Stripling is multi-faceted. According to Dani Wexelman of Sports on Earth, he’s actually a licensed stockbroker. Stripling called it money management, and he was a finance major at Texas A&M. Maybe Ross can give me some advice with my jacked up financials. Interesting times isn’t it?
Dodgers Lineup vs. Arizona
Robbie Ray-0-0 vs. Ross Stripling-0-0
Game time – 7:10 PM TV-SNLA
Countering Stripling for the Dbacks in the rubber game will be 24-year old left hander Robbie Ray. The Brentwood Tennessee native finished the 2015 season with a 5-12 record and posted a 3.52 ERA in 127.2 frames. This season Ray has a no-decision in his only start. He allowed two earned runs on four hits across six innings against the Cubs.
Ray has pitched well against the Dodgers in the past. He has a 2-2 record with a 2.28 ERA in 4 starts against the Dodgers. He is 1-1 with a 1.42 ERA in two starts at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are hitting just .227 (10 for 44) with a home run against Ray.
The Dodgers can pick up a nice series victory with a win tonight. The Giants come into town on Friday night so the Dodgers better be prepared. I don’t want to hear any excuses. One more win against the Snakes, and then beat those bastards over the weekend.