If you haven’t noticed, the Dodgers are finally playing better baseball. After their terrible start, they’ve now won 8 of their last 10 games. What’s the key? I think it’s that they’ve got a couple rising aces. Those new aces are Ross Stripling and Walker Buehler.
Stripling is the more surprising of the two. Do you remember when Stripling made his Major League Debut? He threw a really dominant game against the Giants. But then, reality set in. Stripling’s pitching became average. At times, he was the worst Dodger pitcher.
But we have a new Ross Stripling this year. He took over as the best starter on the team when injuries began to plague the rotation. He’s been leading the Dodgers to victory with his 2-1 record and 1.74 ERA. No, I didn’t type that wrong. He has a 1.74 ERA.
On Friday, while I was sitting in traffic at the California, Mexico border, Stripling was destroying the Padres. He allowed one run over 6.2 innings and struck out ten batters. The new Ross Stripling has been a ton of fun to watch.
Now, I’ll talk about Buehler. The only surprising thing about Buehler is that he’s already in the big leagues. A series of injuries brought Buehler to the majors. Buehler showed why he belongs in the Majors almost immediately.
Buehler led the Dodgers to a win again today, allowing only one run over seven innings with eight strikeouts. The young pitcher is exactly what the Dodgers needed when the called him up.