Ross Stripling is the Dodgers’ lone first-time All-Star in 2018.
Stripling was selected to replace Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas, who bowed out of the All-Star Game due to injury.
This marks the second season in a row that a Dodgers pitcher who started the season in the bullpen earned an All-Star nod as a starting pitcher, along with Alex Wood in 2017.
This is the first All-Star appearance for Stripling, in his third season.
After he was one of the Dodgers’ best relievers for the first month of the season, Stripling stepped into the rotation and has been the club’s best starter. Stripling is third in the majors and second in the National League in ERA (2.08), though at the moment he is actually two outs shy of qualifying for the leaderboards.
Stripling has the top strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.71) in the National League, trailing only Corey Kluber of the Indians (7.76) in the majors. Stripling has an astonishing 91 strikeouts and eight walks as a starter. He has walked no more than two batters in all 14 starts.
Stripling is the 48th different Dodgers pitcher to be named an All-Star, and the 40th Los Angeles Dodgers pitching All-Star.