Ross Stripling (2-0, 2.92 ERA) vs. Garrett Richards (0-0, 3.38 ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres will wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday at Petco Park. The Dodgers did what they had to do to force a rubber-match with a 5-2 win on Tuesday in San Diego. They fell behind 2-0 and it looked like another game where the Dodgers were going to fall asleep at the plate against the Padres, but they woke up with 5 runs in the second half. A. J. Pollock led the Dodgers with a 2-for-2 night and 2 RBI’s. Mookie Betts had to sit out again, though he is nearing a return. Corey Seager was out as well for the Dodgers. He did return on Tuesday for an RBI on 1-for-5 hitting.
Dinelson Lamet had a no-hitter going into the 6th inning, but that was broken up and the Dodgers broke up a win for the Padres as well. Dustin May gave up a couple of 2 earned runs on just 3 hits for the Padres. It was a productive day for the 22-year-old, who is heading in the right direction towards the No. 1 spot for when Clayton Kershaw is no longer around. He has a lot of talent and is still developing. With the win on Tuesday, the Dodgers advanced to 8-4 on the season. Despite a game back of the Colorado Rockies in the NL West, the Dodgers are the class of the division.
I think we’ve seen the Rockies do a disappointing act more than once in the past when it looks like they’re going to compete with the Dodgers. It’s a shortened season and it’s the year 2020, so who knows, maybe the Rockies have a better opportunity to win the NL West than I’m giving them credit for. If things play out accordingly, though, the Dodgers are going to win the division. They’ve spent too much money on talent to think otherwise. This is another season where it’s World Series or bust, though. Playing well and just going to the World Series isn’t enough.
There is talent up and down their lineup, and their rotation is tough to matchup with as well. There aren’t many rotations that can go to their No. 4 guy and still have a lot of confidence in him spinning a standout game. Ross Stripling will get the call, as he follows Kershaw, Buehler, and May in the rotation. He was in good form in his first two starts and will look to keep things rolling in San Diego. The Padres will go with former Angel, Garrett Richards, on Wednesday evening at Petco. Head below for our free LA Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres pick for August 5, 2020.
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Ross Stripling is one of the forgotten about members of the Dodgers’ rotation. However, he should get more recognition. Stripling has to be one of the best backend rotation members in the major leagues. He has kept his ERA below 4.00 in every season of his career, which dates back to 2016. In his last two seasons, Stripling has posted an ERA of 3.02 and 3.47.
He isn’t the flashiest pitcher, but goes about his business consistently and gets results. In two starts this season, Stripling recorded an ERA of 2.92 and 0.81 WHIP. Stripling held the Giants and Diamondbacks to a combined batting average of .178. The Padres have been decent against Stripling, with a .250 batting average in 41 at-bats.
Garrett Richards has some talent in his arm, though the 32-year-old has had a lot of problems staying healthy. If he were healthy throughout his career, Richards likely would have been a valuable member of the Angels. He lasted just six games in 2016 with a 2.34 ERA and the same the following season, with an ERA of 2.28 in six starts. In his first season with the Padres in 2019, Richards appeared in three games with an ERA of 8.31 and 1.85 WHIP. All Richards has to do is get through a shortened 60-game season. It would be an accomplishment if he stays healthy.
Richards has looked fine in two starts across 10.2 innings of work. He owns an ERA of 3.38 and 1.22 WHIP after conceding 9 hits and 4 earned runs against the Diamondbacks and Rockies. Richards was lights out against the Diamondbacks, though Richards was tagged for 8 hits and 4 earned runs against the Rockies. He looked like a different pitcher from his first to second outing. I’m going back to the well with the Dodgers on Wednesday to close out this series with a win in San Diego.