The Los Angeles Dodgers hit a snag in San Diego on Tuesday with a 4-1 loss against the Padres. Hitting snags is something the Dodgers have been doing too much of this season. They were the class of the NL West a season ago, but they’re going to have to work for it this year. The Dodgers continue to trail the Diamondbacks as we draw nearer to the All-Star break.
Arizona got absolutely smashed last night against the Rockies, but they still have a slight lead on the Dodgers. After Shelby Miller got rocked, the D-Backs went to catcher Alex Avila on the hump, so that sums up how bad it went for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. The Dodgers were able to bounce back from their 4-1 loss with a win last night. They will have to pick it up some in the second-half, though.
We covered how Blake Snell should have been an All-Star in our previous article. In this one we look at another guy who came close to getting snubbed as well. Ross Stripling will be going to the All-Star Game, as a result, of a last-ditch effort from fan voting. It really shouldn’t have come to that, but at least he will be going.
Both, Stripling and Snell, deserve to be there, with Stripling producing better numbers than Clayton Kershaw in 2018. Max Muncy was in the mix as well, but he didn’t garner enough votes in the final voting. Stripling, like Snell, is having a breakout season in his third-year in the major leagues. They’ve taken a similar road to where they are today. The Padres will counter Stripling with Tyson Ross. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Padres pick.
L.A. Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres Pick
Ross Stripling (7-2, 2.22 ERA) vs. Tyson Ross (5-7, 4.41 ERA)
Joining Stripling at the All-Star Game will be Matt Kemp and Kenley Jansen. Stripling has been an ace for the Dodgers in 2018, powering them with an ERA of 2.22 in 89.1 innings pitched. He hasn’t been as hot as Snell, but still pitching at a quality level. In 8 of his previous 10 outings, Stripling has allowed 2 or less runs.
He is coming off a strong outing against the Angels, allowing 3 hits and 1 run in 6 innings. It also included no walks and 7 strikeouts delivered by Stripling. Stripling neutralized the Padres for no earned runs back in May. He mowed them down for 10 punchouts in a 4-1 victory. Stripling has also been consistently good on the road, with an ERA of 2.09 and 1.03 WHIP.
Tyson Ross needs something to go well for him soon here. He can be good for stretches at a time, but that’s the problem with Ross. You have to take the good with the bad with him. He’s been in a downward slope recently, with a couple of horrendously bad starts in his last two outings.
Most pitchers respond positively after getting drilled for 7 runs, but Ross in the other direction and did worse than that. He allowed 8 runs in 2 innings in his next time out. Ross posted an ERA of 11.77 and 2.08 WHIP in his previous three starts. The Dodgers are hitting him at a clip of .294 in 85 at-bats. The Dodgers should be able to take another win off the Padres on Thursday.