Dodgers @ Padres July 12, 2018: Stripling for sole possession of 1st place

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The Dodgers (50-42) go for the series win against the Padres (40-55) on Thursday night at Petco Park. It’s a Ross-Ross matchup in San Diego when Dodgers ace and All-Star Ross Stripling faces Tyson Ross. The D-backs already lost to the Rockies earlier, so a Dodger win would mean sole possession of first place.

Dodgers
Padres
7:10 PM
San Diego
LF
Pederson
RF
Jankowski
3B
Muncy
3B
Asuaje
1B
Bellinger
LF
Myers
C
Grandal
1B
Hosmer
SS
Taylor
2B
Pirela
CF
Toles
SS
Galvis
LF
Hernandez CF Margot
2B
Utley
C
Hedges
P
Stripling (R)
P
Ross (R)

Stripling (7-2, 2.22 ERA, 2.75 FIP) has been outstanding this season. He’s proven that he’s a front-line starter after beginning the year in the Dodgers’ bullpen. Before he takes the trip to Washington D.C., Stripling has one more start to make with the Dodgers before the break.

Chicken Strip has already pitched against the Padres in three games this year, starting two of them. He hasn’t allowed an earned run against San Diego this entire season and has struck out 17 Padres in 11 2/3 innings pitched. Overall in his career, the right-hander is 2-3 with a 3.04 ERA in nine games (3 starts) against the Padres. Manuel Margot and Jose Pirela hit homers against Stripling in August of last year.

Last time out against the Angels, Stripling struck out seven batters for the second straight start. He only allowed one run on three hits in six innings and picked up the win in Anaheim.

Ross (5-7, 4.41 ERA, 4.46 FIP) looks to pitch San Diego to a series split when he takes the mound for the Padres. He already has three more walks on the year than he had the entire season with Texas last year. The right-hander hasn’t won a decision since June 3, and he’s coming off two straight disastrous losses to the Pirates and D-backs. Last time out against Arizona, he only lasted 2 innings after serving up eight runs on seven hits. In his last two starts, he’s allowed 15 runs on 14 hits with five walks and two strikeouts in 7 innings.

He hasn’t faced the Dodgers this year, but he’s historically struggled against LA. Ross is winless against the Dodgers with a 0-7 record and a 3.49 ERA  in 11 games (9 starts). He has struck out 58 Dodgers in 59 1/3 innings, but he has also walked 21 in that span. He’s really struggled against left-handed batters this year who are hitting .303 against him. Chase Utley has four hits including two doubles against Ross, and Justin Turner has four hits including a double and a homer against him as well.

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Matt Kemp and Justin Turner get the night off, and Andrew Toles gets a start in center field with Joc Pederson in left and Enrique Hernandez in right field. Logan Forsythe is not in the lineup, but Chase Utley gets his once-a-week start at second base. Baseball Dad had a pinch-hit double in Wednesday’s game.

Some are calling it an ASG tuneup for Stripling tonight, but the All-Star Game doesn’t count for anything. I’ll take a win tonight against the Padres and some fun on Tuesday in D.C.

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, Dodger Blue 1958 and The Hardball Times. She currently contributes to True Blue LA. 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.