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Saturday, June 16, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: ROSS STRIPLING SP LOS ANGELES DODGERS

What in tarnation is going on here?  How is it that a guy who was universally ignored when it came to 2018 fantasy baseball drafts back in March suddenly morph into one of the best pitchers in basebal just two-plus months later?  Well if you are Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling, that type of unfathomable journey is exactly what has taken place so far after another gem Friday night lowered his eye-opening numbers to the following rates:

6-1
1.76 ERA
1.01 WHIP
10.58 K/9
1.49 BB/9
.299 BABIP

Those are simply incredible number above and what makes them even more amazing as there has been almost zero luck involved as Stripling's .299 BABIP is almost right on the nose in neutral .300 territory.  So what you see is what you are actually getting here and it has been beyond ace-like no matter where you look.  The ratios are phenomenal as shown by Striplin's 1.76 ERA and 1.01 WHIP and if you didn't know any better, you would have thought you were looking at his teammate Clayton Kershaw a few seasons ago before health woes began to downgrade his stuff.  Then there are the strikeouts which are insane a 10.58 and again remind us of a healthy Kershaw.  What is interesting there is that Stripling didn't previously hint at such ability, what with his K/8 coming in at just 8.96 and 6.66 his previous two years in stints with the Dodgers.  Whatever adjustments Stripling has made, he has more swing-and-miss stuff than even before and a simple explanation may simply be that he is finally 100 percent healthy as he has dealt with some serious injuries during prior years.  Add in the excellent walk rate and the fact Stripling doesn't give up home runs and this performance has legs and the ability to continue onward throughout the summer.  If this were a Trend or Mirage post, Stripling would undoubtedly be a "TREND" and he is a HOLD as well the rest of the way. 


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