Ross Stripling should be better than he is. In 50+ innings this year, he has given up 6 HR after giving up 10 home runs last year in 100 innings. Also, I hear that Ross is not very happy being a reliever – he sees himself as a starter, but he really needs to learn how to pitch better. His stuff does not play well up in the zone. Ross has no business throwing belt high 94 MPH fastball over the middle of the plate. His curve is excellent but he needs to keep it down. He has no chance of starting for this team at the moment, so I would suggest that he adapt and be the best relief pitcher he can possibly be or he might be left off the playoff roster. Ross needs to change his mindset… and pitch location. It’s as simple as that. No bull!
The bullpen has not been good in August and they have had a proclivity for the long ball. No bull. However, the bullpen is still near the top in ERA. It’s Red Sox 3.01, Indians 3.03, Dodgers 3.08, so the Dodgers have the best bullpen ERA in the NL and they lead all of baseball in WHIP. The Cubs have the second best bullpen ERA in the NL with a 3.44. The Nationals bullpen ERA is 4.99. If you are a glass half empty person, you are going to freak out about the bullpen’s difficulties of late. Over the past 14 days, the Dodgers bullpen ERA is 5.30. In July it was 2.41. In August it is 6.00 so far, which is the worst it has ever been this year.
If you are a glass half-full person, you might realize that it is a long season and there are going to be bumps in the road. I also look at the arms in the pen and I realize that for the playoffs, Ryu and Maeda will likely be in the pen with Jansen, Baez, Morrow, Fields and two more pitchers who are deemed worthy. This is the list they have to pick from:
I think they can find two good arms in that bunch. I also think Ross Stripling will figure it out. Even after last night, Ross has a 3.67 ERA. That’s not great, but not horrible. There is a lot of time to go and games to play. Trust the process! No bull!
Rants and Raves
- Rios and Ramos were both 3-5 yesterday at OKC and Locastro was 2-6