Dodgers @ Braves April 20, 2016: Ross Stripling Aims to Stop Braves’ Rising Stock

After the 8-1 loss to the Braves at Turner Field in the series opener, the Dodgers look to bounce back and prevent Atlanta from notching their sixth consecutive win and series victory on Wednesday.


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Part-time stockbroker Ross Stripling (0-0, 2.03) has exceeded all expectations as the Dodgers’ fifth starter. He has only allowed 3 runs on 5 hits in 13 1/3 innings pitched. He hasn’t been involved in the decisions of his first two career Major League games, but I’m feeling very bullish toward his future.

Last time out against the D-backs, Stripling made 96 pitches and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk in 6 innings of work.

Julio Teheran (0-2, 6.35) was sick on Tuesday, pushing his start back to Wednesday. Like Stripling, Teheran is still looking for his first win of the season. He has struggled in his last two starts after an admirable Opening Day outing for the Braves.

Half the four home runs he has allowed in his first three starts were hit by National League co-player of the week and superhuman Bryce Harper. Harper’s 100th career home run, a grand slam, came in Teheran’s loss to the Washington Nationals on April 14. He made 110 pitches and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits (2 home runs) with 6 strikeouts and a walk in 7 innings in his last start.

Teheran is 0-4 against the Dodgers with a 6.08 ERA in 4 career starts. Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig have both hit home runs against him. In 10 plate appearances, Puig has collected 5 hits and 2 walks vs. Teheran.

Dave Roberts will go with the same lineup as game 1. This is the fourth start of the season for Howie Kendrick in left field.

The Dodgers are hoping for a peachier outcome on Wednesday after Alex Wood was roughed up, they committed a season high 3 errors and the offense went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Maybe jet lag really is a thing.

The Dodgers are 29-41 in the regular season at Turner Field since the Braves began playing there in 1997.

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About 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.