Padres @ Dodgers August 11, 2020: Offense looks to bounce back against Richards

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Following a disappointing offensive performance last night, the Dodgers look to rebound tonight against Garrett Richards and the Padres.

Richards faced the Dodgers last week, lasting five innings while allowing four runs on five hits and a walk in San Diego. Four of those hits went for extra-bases, with doubles by Justin Turner and Enrique Hernandez, a triple from Chris Taylor and a homer by Joc Pederson.

All four of those men are in the lineup again tonight, but Corey Seager is not again.

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6:40 p.m. Los Angeles
SS Tatis Jr. LF Pederson (L)
CF Grisham (L) RF Betts
3B Machado 1B Bellinger (L)
DH Pham 3B Turner
1B Hosmer (L) CF Pollock
RF Myers DH Muncy (L)
2B Cronenworth (L) SS Taylor
C Hedges 2B Hernandez
LF Profar (S) C Barnes
P Richards (R) P Stripling (R)

Meanwhile, Ross Stripling will face off against Richards as he did last week. His outing in San Diego went fine until Fernando Tatis Jr. connected on a two-run shot in the 5th. After a two-out, two-run double in the 6th, Stripling left the game after 5 2/3 innings allowing four runs on six hits and a pair of walks. He did strikeout seven and currently trails only Dustin May‘s 17 for the team lead.

Through his 18 innings on the mound so far this season, Stripling has thrown his four-seamer 49.3% of the time. That ranks 13th in MLB among pitchers with at least 250 pitches thrown according to Baseball Savant. His curve percentage, 24.4%, ranks 10th in MLB and his new changeup is at 17.4%.

Again, almost all sample sizes now and this season will be a little off, but those numbers are a bit different than any other time in his career. The four-seam usage previously peaked at 43.2% back in 2016, and the changeup is up from 14.7% a year ago.

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In other, non-Dodger news from earlier today…

As sort of noted above, Joe Kelly‘s appeal hearing was yesterday, so we should get a final number on that to better compare with that above.

About Cody Bashore

Cody Bashore
Cody Bashore is a lifelong Dodger fan originally from Carpinteria, California (about 80 miles north of Dodger Stadium along the coast). He left California to attend Northern Arizona University in 2011, and has lived in Arizona full-time since he graduated in 2014 with a journalism degree. He now works for the university’s athletics department after spending seven years with the local newspaper.