Dodgers @ Padres September 25, 2019: Stripling vs. Lamet

With a 6-3 win last night (and a 6-9 Braves loss), the Dodgers clinched home field advantage throughout the entire National League Playoffs. The only real attainable achievement left is the potential to clinch Homefield Advantage in a potential World Series. However, with only five games remaining the Dodgers trail the Yankees (102-56) by half a game and the Astros (103-54) by two games. The Padres’ Dinelson Lamet will take the mound against Ross Stripling, as both likely make their final appearances of the season.

Dodgers
Padres
7:10 p.m.
San Diego
RF
Pederson
2B
Garcia
1B
Muncy
CF
Margot
3B
Beaty
1B
Hosmer
CF
Bellinger
LF
Myers
SS
Seager
C
Mejia
2B
Lux
RF
Naylor
LF
Taylor
3B
France
C
Martin SS Urias
P
Stripling (R)
P
Lamet (R)

Matt Beaty will be making just his sixth start of the season at third base, as Justin Turner has the night off. A.J. Pollock and Will Smith will also take the evening off against the tough right-handed Lamet.

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Neither Stripling or Lamet have pitched enough innings to qualify, but here’s where they’d both rank among 129 pitchers that have thrown 100+ innings.

Lamet will be making his fourteenth and final start of 2019, looking to cap off what has been a great season for him. His shortened season is due to him not making his first appearance until July 5, after having Tommy John surgery in April of 2018. In his first start back, he allowed three runs on three hits while striking out 7 against the Dodgers. Over his last eight starts and 45 innings, Lamet has a 3.20 ERA, 3.24 FIP while striking out 65 batters for an incredibly high strikeout rate of 34.8%. That trails only Gerrit Cole, Yu Darvish, Justin Verlander and Lucas Giolito over that stretch. He’s been equally tough against left and right-handed batters, so the Dodgers will have a tough matchup tonight. Luckily, there isn’t much on the line besides potential World Series home field advantage.

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While Stripling hasn’t been the All-Star he was last season, he’s still been an excellent part of the rotation and bullpen this year.

Stripling has started five of his last seven appearances, totaling 25 innings. Over that stretch he has a 2.16 ERA and a 2.94 FIP with a 0.80 WHIP. He’s also struck out 23 batters while walking none which is promising because when he’s pitching well, his control is his one of his main strengths. He’ll look to continue his recent run of form as the team heads towards the postseason.

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Joe Kelly being healthy would be nice, considering the bullpen was already shaky before losing him. So long as he gets right before the playoffs, everything should be fine.

If you have a subscription to The Athletic, this is a great read on Pollock.

Meanwhile, it’s entirely possible that Bob Geren will leave the club after the season, but that’s a scenario to worry about later down the road.

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First pitch is at 7:10 PT on SNLA.

About Allan Yamashige

Allan Yamashige
Just a guy living in Thousand Oaks, CA who happens to love the Dodgers and statistics. Hated baseball practice as a kid, but writing about adults doing baseball is alright.