Hasn’t this series been quite lovely? No surprises, no blown leads, no ohfers, just a really bad club and two relaxing wins. Last night Ross Stripling tamed the Snakes with his arm and bat. He tossed 5 quality innings and drove in a run with an RBI single as well to give the Dodgers a 5-2 win on Tuesday night. Now the Dodgers (78-60) look to sweep the horrendous Dbacks and improve to 19 games above .500. The Dodgers are looking to grab their fifth straight win. Then the Dodgers will take a rest on Thursday before departing for Miami. For the series finale the boys in blue will give the ball to young Brock Stewart, while the Dbacks will counter with Robbie Ray.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Arizona-TBA
Robbie Ray-7-12 vs. Brock Stewart-0-2
Game Time – 7:10 PM – TV-SNLA
Ray, the 24-year old left hander from Brentwood Tennessee has posted a 7-12 record with a 4.46 ERA in 27 starts this season for the Dbacks. He sure has missed a lot of bats this year though. Across 149.1 innings pitched Ray has whiffed 183 and walked 56. That means Ray is striking out 11.0 per nine, and that’s nearly two batters more than his career average of 9.5.
While the increased strikeout rate has certainly helped Ray, he’s pitched well this year against the Dodgers. This is his third time facing the boys in blue and he has one win and one no-decision. He tossed seven shutout innings against the Dodgers back on July 17. In 6 career starts against the Dodgers he is 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA in 3 career starts at Dodger Stadium.
Ray vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers will counter with Brock Stewart. The rookie pitched the game of his life in his last start. In that start he tossed 5 shutout innings against the Cubs in a 1-0 Dodger victory. That was awesome, but this is just Stewart’s fourth MLB start. He is 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched. This will be his first time facing the Dbacks and a divisional opponent at home.
I have a working theory about the Dback’s terrible season. I think they have the reverse Midas tough. Everything they touch turns to crap. Look at Zack Greinke for example. Last season when he was a Dodger he was excellent. Possibly having a historically great season. But once he signed that evil contract with the Snakes and donned that ugly uniform he instantly turned to dung. I can’t prove this, but it makes sense. I think the important thing to remember is how much the Dbacks suck. Don’t forget about the broom depot’s special running tonight on all of your Dodger sweep merchandise needs.
Enjoy the game guys!