Brewers @ Dodgers August 26, 2017: Chicken Strip + bullpen for the series win

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

The Dodgers go for the series win against the Brewers on Saturday evening at Dodger Stadium as Players Weekend continues. They’ll look to Ross “Chicken Strip” Stripling plus the bullpen to fill in for the injured Alex Wood. It’s Stripling’s first start for the Dodgers this year, and Dave Roberts said he will be stretched to about four innings and 55 pitches before the relief squad takes over.

Brewers
Dodgers
6:10 PM PT
Los Angeles
CF
Pan Blanco
CF
CT3
2B
Walkie
SS
Seager
LF
Ocho
3B
RedTurn2
3B
Mayor-DDC
LF
Grandyman
RF
Showmingo
C
YRG Jr.
1B
Sang Namja
RF
Wild Horse
C
Pineapple 1B Silver Fox
SS
El  Niño
2B
Sam
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Bat Boy (R)
P
Chicken Strip (R)

Stripling has made 35 relief appearances for the Dodgers this year, going 3-4 with a 3.41 ERA and 3.16 FIP with 59 strikeouts in 58 innings (9.2 K/9). Stripling went 3-6 with a 4.52 ERA in 14 starts for the Dodgers in 2016. His last start was back on September 6 of last year against the D-backs. He picked up the win and allowed two runs on three hits with five strikeouts and no walks in five innings.

Chicken Strip picked up his second save of the season last time out against Pittsburgh when he closed out the game in the bottom of the twelfth inning. He hasn’t pitched more than three innings this season for the Dodgers, so Roberts will have to have a short leash once Ross enters the fourth inning. The only time he has ever faced the Brewers in his career was in two consecutive relief appearances at Miller Park on June 3-4 when he pitched one inning in each game.

Zach “Bat Boy” Davies (14-7, 4.09 ERA, 4.40 FIP) goes for his 15th win of the season for the Brewers. Davies already bested the Dodgers once this year, pitching six scoreless innings against them at Miller Park on June 4. Interestingly enough, Davies has pitched better on the road this year (7-1, 2.33 ERA) than at home (7-6, 5.97 ERA). He’s put together a nice second half so far, going 4-3 with a 2.58 ERA in eight starts. The slim right-hander has only allowed two home runs during that span (52 1/3 innings).

Overall against the Dodgers, Davies is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in three career starts, including one start at Dodger Stadium back on June 17, 2016. The Dodgers squeaked out a 3-2 win against the Brew Crew in that game, but Davies only allowed one run on five hits in seven innings of work. Curtis Granderson, Corey Seager, Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner have all hit home runs off Davies in the past.

Speaking of Granderson, he will start in left field and bat cleanup for the Dodgers Saturday. Granderson has hit three home runs and seven walks in his first six games (30 plate appearances) with the Dodgers. Chase Utley, the Silver Fox, starts at first base giving Adrian Gonzalez some planned rest. Austin “Sam” Barnes is at second base, batting eighth.

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About Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler
Stacie Wheeler, born and raised in So Cal, has been writing about the Dodgers since 2010. She wrote daily as the Co-Editor of Lasorda's Lair for five long years, and she has also written for Dodgers Nation and Dodger Blue 1958. She currently contributes to The Hardball Times. Stacie graduated from the University Of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Cinema-Television. You can also watch her videos on her YouTube channel, DishingUpTheDodgers.