Stripling, who missed the last nine games due to a toe injury, is slated to make his 17th start of the season Thursday evening against the Rockies. He was selected to his first NL All-Star squad this season and has been outstanding for Los Angeles this year going 8-3 with a 2.68 ERA and striking out 119 batters against just 15 walks over an even 104 innings in 27 games, 16 of which were starts. Among pitchers with at least 15 starts, Stripling ranks among the best in the National League in ERA (9th), strikeouts per nine innings (10.35, 9th), walks per nine innings (0.91, 1st ML), strikeout-to-walk ratio (11.33, 1st ML) and WHIP (1.13, 11th).
Venditte, 33, has appeared in five games with Los Angeles this season, allowing four runs over 4-1/3 innings (8.31 ERA), while striking out four against one walk over six stints with the big league club.
With just 47 games remaining on their regular-season schedule, the Dodgers are set to face the Rockies in a four-game set which will certainly have implications in a very tight National League West divisional race.
Los Angeles is coming off a two-game split with Oakland, currently sitting 1/2 game behind the division-leading Diamondbacks. The Rockies lost two of three games to the Pirates in their most recent series and find themselves in third place, three full games behind Arizona for the division lead.
As far as the tentative pitching matchups go, Stripling will square off against lefty Tyler Anderson in the opener on Thursday. On Friday evening, Kenta Maeda will face the hard-throwing right-hander Jon Gray. In Saturday’s contest, Walker Buehler will oppose southpaw Kyle Freeland, and on Sunday, Rich Hill will take the mound opposite Colorado righty Chad Bettis.
The contests on Friday and Saturday are both scheduled for 5:40 p.m. Los Angeles time first pitches, while Saturday’s game is slated for a 5:10 p.m. start time. The finale on Sunday will begin at 12:10 p.m.
(Dai Sugiura provided some information furnished in this report)