The All-Star selection process is a fickle process in baseball. Especially when it comes to the selection of pitchers. But the Dodgers’ Ross Stripling certainly should have been given the honors with his first-half performance. He will now get that opportunity to be in our nation’s capital and represent the Dodgers.
#Nats roster moves: Sean Doolittle placed on 10-day DL (retroactive to 7/7) with left toe inflammation. Jefry Rodriguez optioned to AAA. Wander Suero and Austin Voth recalled from AAA.
— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) July 10, 2018
Stripling got the opportunity to replace one of Miles Mikolas of the Cardnials, Sean Doolittle of the Nationals, and Jon Lester of the Cubs. So he sort of gets in on a technicality. Doolittle is headed to the disabled list and Lester is scheduled to pitch on Sunday. Mikolas is also on schedule to pitch Sunday.
But Stripling is certainly more than deserving of the nod. He has pitched to a 2.22 earned run average across 13 starts and 24 total appearances. Chicken Strip helped to hold down the Dodgers pitching staff when injuries seemed to swarm the entire team. He is a good reason that Los Angeles sits a meager half game out of the west instead of dead last.
His WHIP of 1.075, his 103 strikeouts, his 13 walks and his phenomenal era are all career bests for the young righty. He certainly looks poised to be in the Dodgers rotation for the foreseeable future. This is his first All-Star selection in his short three-year career.
The Dodgers now have Matt Kemp, Kenley Jansen and Ross Stripling to represent Los Angeles at the mid-summer classic. Not bad for a team that looked like they were going to lose the division a few months ago.
And don’t forget, there is still the chance to get Max Muncy there! GO VOTE TODAY!
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