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Dodgers: Ross Stripling’s Trade Provides Needed Stability to Rotation

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In a last-second move, the Dodgers agreed to trade pitcher Ross Stripling to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon after a relatively quiet deadline.

Trade season is always a rollercoaster as any player that leaves the organization is usually hard to say goodbye to. In the case of Ross Stripling, we are losing someone that came up through the organization and made an impact in a variety of ways.

Having said that, however, the Dodgers’ starting rotation has been lacking in clarity all season long and will benefit from this move going forward. The Dodgers have used a total of 8 different starting pitchers (if you include Caleb Ferguson’s bullpen game start) and have gone through some roster gymnastics to make it possible.

Prior to the trade, the rotation consisted of Kershaw, Buehler, May, Urias, and Stripling. This did not leave space for the Dodgers’ other rookie sensation in Tony Gonsolin, who has had some excellent spot starts so far this year. From the look of things, the Dodgers were inclined to give Gonsolin a rotation spot going forward, but needed to make room.

As a result of the trade, the 5th rotation spot now belongs to Tony Gonsolin, who is sporting a 0.51 ERA in 17.2 innings this season. The rotation as a whole should feel much more stable going forward, that is, until Alex Wood is ready to come off of the IL. Once that day comes, it’s anyone’s guess as to who loses their spot in the rotation, but we’ll take things one step at a time.

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  1. Trading Ross was hardly necessary, and to the Blue Jays is like a slap in the face. Julio is the one should go. Somewhere, anywhere. Mr. Friedman, as you said He is a Great Major League Starter, and I’m pretty sure he would prefer being in The Dodgers Bull Pen, rather being a Toronto Blue Jay. There goes Ross for two who knows who’s.

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