Mariners @ Dodgers August 17, 2020: Stripling and the Dodgers look for six straight

Keibert Ruiz and Dustin May led the Dodgers to their fifth straight win yesterday, finishing off a sweep of the Angels. The Dodgers return home for the home part of a home/road four game series against the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have lost five straight and are coming off being swept by Houston. Their .304 winning percentage (7-16) is the second-worst in all of baseball, only ahead of Boston.

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6:40 p.m. Los Angeles
SS Crawford (L) DH Betts
RF Moore SS Seager (L)
CF Lewis 3B Turner
3B Seager (L) CF Bellinger (L)
C Nola LF Pollock
DH Vogelbach (L) 2B Muncy (L)
1B White RF Pederson (L)
2B Long Jr. (L) 1B Beaty (L)
LF Lopes C Barnes
P Dunn (R) P Stripling (R)

Ross Stripling makes his fifth start of the season today. He’s thrown 22 2/3 innings over his first four starts with a 3.97 ERA/5.17 FIP. Stripling’s coming off his shortest start of the season, as he failed to finish the fifth inning last time out against San Diego. He gave up five runs in the third inning after both he and Justin Turner misplayed bunts, gifting the Padres a bases loaded opportunity for Manny Machado to hit a grand slam. Stripling has allowed at least one home run in each start so far this season. Unsurprisingly, this is Stripling’s first look at the Mariners.

Rookie Justin Dunn gets the ball for the Mariners. This will be his fourth start of the season after making four starts last season, totaling only 6 2/3 innings. Dunn was the Mariners’ No. 8 prospect on MLB Pipeline’s preseason list and is on the Major League roster despite never throwing a pitch in Triple-A.

Dunn has struggled this season, with a 4.85 ERA/7.21 FIP in 13 innings. He’s walked 10 batters and struck out only eight so far this season. Dunn is coming off his best start of the season, where he allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings against Texas for his first career win. Dunn’s slider is his highest-rated pitch on Pipeline (60 grade), and he’s thrown it 18.6 percent of the time through three starts. He averages 90.9 MPH on his fastball and also throws a curve and a changeup.

Mookie Betts leads off again against a righty. He gets the day off in the field, as he’ll DH with Joc Pederson getting the start in right. Today also marks the first time Corey Seager and Kyle Seager play against each other in the Majors. The Dodgers played in Seattle in August 2018, but Corey was injured.

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Edwin Rios is not expected to be available today.

Rios came up limping after a double in last night’s game. He was kept in to run (and didn’t score before Matt Beaty was thrown out at second) for some reason last night, and is being called day-to-day.

Update

Moments after this shit published, Rios was placed on the IL.

Adam Kolarek is back.

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Tony Gonsolin will start tomorrow.

Gonsolin gets another crack in the rotation and gives everyone else an extra day of rest during this 17 games in 17 days stretch. Julio Urias and Clayton Kershaw are scheduled to start the two games in Seattle.

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First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PM PST and will be shown on Sportsnet LA.

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Alex Campos
I've been writing about the Dodgers since I graduated from Long Beach State, where I covered the Dirtbags in my senior year. I'm either very good or very bad at puns.