Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stripling out to slow surging Braves for LA

Part-time stockbroker and current Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling will attempt to add to the excitement surrounding his blossoming career when he takes the mound to oppose Julio Teheran and the Braves on Wednesday night at Turner Field. Atlanta, which won the series opener, is going for its fifth straight win.
Stripling gained the attention of the baseball world as he flirted with a no-hitter during his April 8 Major League debut. The 26-year-old right-hander tossed 7 1/3 hitless innings against the Giants and was lifted after 100 pitches, with the Dodgers wanting to protect his arm. Stripling is two years removed from Tommy John surgery.
The Braves will be getting their first look at Stripling, who limited the D-backs to two runs over six innings on Thursday in his second start.
Teheran was scheduled to start on Tuesday, but the Braves pushed him back a day because he had developed a fever while battling a cold on Monday night. Teheran limited the Nationals to two solo home runs over six innings on Opening Day, but he has allowed 10 earned runs over 11 innings in his past two starts.
Things to know about this game
• Teheran has posted a 5.56 ERA and surrendered 1.82 home runs per nine innings on the road since the start of the 2015 season. But at Turner Field during that span, he has posted a 3.10 ERA and surrendered 0.83 HR/9.
• Yasiel Puig hasn't seen much of Teheran, but he has found success against him. Puig has four hits in six at-bats against the Braves' ace, with a double and a homer. He's also drawn two walks. The current Dodgers actually have feasted on Teheran, batting .329 and slugging .494 with an .894 OPS. Their two weakest hitters against Teheran are Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis, neither of whom will be in the lineup Wednesday.
• Stripling is a licensed stockbroker who does money management during the offseason in the New York office of Wunderlich Securities. Stripling was a finance major at Texas A&M and a fifth-round pick of the Dodgers in 2012. He invested his signing bonus in Facebook, Under Armor and Apple.

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