Ross Stripling

Ross Stripling

SP,RP - LAD
Age: 29College: Texas A&MBats: RThrows: R

Next Game

LAD @ PHI
Tue, 7/16 7:05pm
Matchup (?) N/A
Rank P #96
Projection (?) 0 pts

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Despite posting a 3.07 ERA in five starts, Stripling moved to the bullpen with Rich Hill rejoining the Dodgers' rotation. This known risk deflated the cost of a potential top-25 starter, and he never stood much of a chance at working more than 160 frames. Rich Hill's injury gives him another run as a starter, so grab Stripling in leagues where was dropped.

Stripling had a big breakthrough in 2018, as exemplified by his terrific 6.18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He made 21 starts and also pitched out of the bullpen, excelling in both roles. Stripling may not have a rotation spot all season, but with the way the Dodgers handle their injury-prone starters, he's likely to make plenty of starts even if he does also pitch some out of the bullpen. He would also be useful in long relief in formats where non-closing relievers have value.

Stripling may have faded toward the end of the season, but his start to the season was so absurd that he still managed to finish top five in xFIP among all starting pitchers with at least 120 innings. Stripling is like Mike Clevinger this time last year in that his dominant sample size is large enough to assume he can be a top 30 starting pitcher with a full season worth of work.