The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Tampa Bay Rays in the first of a brief two-game interleague series Tuesday evening from Dodger Stadium. The Rays will give the start to 26-year old left-hander Blake Snell, and the Dodgers will counter with 29-year old right-hander Ross Stripling. The season series is even at one game apiece.
Snell Returns from Lengthy Stint on Injured List
Blake Snell has recovered from an elbow injury and he will make his return from the injured list to start this game. Snell last saw action back on July 21st in a start in which he tossed six scoreless innings against the White Sox. The young left-hander was pitching well prior to his injury and he owns a 4.28 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP accompanied with a 6-7 record in 101 innings pitched on the season. Snell is facing the Dodgers for the first time of his career in this one. He will be on a strict pitch count.
Austin Meadows is one of the hottest hitters in the big leagues, sporting a dazzling .423 average with 18 RBI’s in September. The 24-year old centerfielder is having a breakout year, compiling a .289 average with 31 homers and 87 RBI’s. Meadows is 2 for 6 with one RBI against the Dodgers this season.
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The Rays continue to cling on to a Wildcard position, holding a 1.5 game lead ahead of Cleveland. They are winding down an eight-game road trip in this one. They stand at 3-3 on their road trip. The Rays pitching has been sharp, and their offense is consistently producing even with Yandy Diaz out for the season.
The Rays stand 18th in the big leagues with an average of 4.76 runs per game. The Tampa Bay pitching staff feature a 3.67 team ERA, good for second in the Majors. The Rays are 46-30 on the road.
Dodgers’ Starter Ross Stripling Continues to Excel
Ross Stripling will be on the hill for the 30th time of the season in this one. Stripling limited the Orioles to one run in three innings in his latest effort last week in a game the Dodgers lost 7-3. The fourth-year right-hander has been in and out of the Dodgers rotation, and he usually only goes 3-5 innings in games he starts. He is having a strong year, posting a 3.40 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP accompanied with a 4-4 record in 84.2 innings of action. Stripling tossed one shutout inning against the Rays this season, and he how has registered four scoreless frames in his career against Tampa Bay.
Look out for Joc Pederson in this series as he is a tough out lately, sporting a sparkling .389 average and a 1.3 OPS on the month. The 27-year old leadoff hitter isn’t nearly as effective against lefties, and he is up against a southpaw in Blake Snell in this one. Pederson owns a .247 average with 32 homers and 67 RBI’s on the season, and he is 2 for 5 with two RBI’s against the Rays this year.
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The Dodgers have already exceeded last year’s win total and they will finish with well over 100 wins. It is World Series or bust for L.A who posted a 4-2 record on their recent road trip. They now begin their final homestead of the season. Alex Verdugo remains out of the lineup, while Justin Turner is questionable.
The Dodgers are scoring an average of 5.42 runs per game, placing them fifth in the Majors. The L.A. pitching staff is sporting a Major League-leading 3.41 team ERA. The Dodgers are a dominant 56-20 at Dodger Stadium.
The Tampa Bay Rays are:
- 4-9 in their last 13 games against a starter with a WHIP below 1.15.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games at Dodger Stadium.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are:
- 7-1 in Stripling’s last 8 starts in the first game of a series.
- 19-8 in their last 27 interleague home games against a left-handed starter.
- 51-16 in their last 67 home games.