Baltimore, Maryland 2021-09-14 03:40:06 –
Major League Baseball’s top starting staff has finally won the fifth starter, but right-handed Tony Gonsolin is currently only auditioning for the bullpen spot in the next playoffs.
Gonsolin will face Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, making his second start after returning from the injured list. Los Angeles (92-53) is finally free from the bullpen game that marked the last two months.
The Dodgers starter leads the majors with ERA (2.82), WHIP (1.02), and the lowest batting average (.206).
Los Angeles, which currently has a magic number of 2 to clinch the playoff spots, also has starting staff, including Cy Young Award nominees Julio Urias, Walker Buehler, and Max Scherzer. Clayton Kershaw returned from the injured list on Monday and pitched well by throwing a 1-runball 41/3 inning when the Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 5-1.
Gonsolin knows about the deal, but also knows that he can continue to be a major contributor in October.
He was used as a swingman in the playoffs last season and has played four times. Three of them were the start, and two of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays were each less than two innings, so it was a more open variety.
Gonsolin (2-1, 2.79 ERA) is willing to accept the role available in October this year and can take further steps to prove it on Tuesday. After recovering from shoulder irritation in St. Louis on Thursday, he gave up one run with three hits in three innings.
“It was great,” Gonsolin said. “I didn’t look at the (radar) gun too much. I definitely saw it after the first pitch. I wanted to see where I was. Then, as I became more comfortable, I felt like it was coming out a lot. But it was definitely nice to see 96 (mph). Yes, the tongue was there and I felt much more comfortable on the mound. “
With seven career appearances (six starts) against Diamondbacks, Gonsolin is 0-2 and ERA is 4.28.
Arizona will send a right-handed Luke Weaver (3-4, 4.24 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday. He can compare his recovery notes with Gonsolin after missing more than three months due to shoulder tension. Two starts after returning from IL, he is one-on-one, with 11 innings and an ERA of 3.27.
He lost to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday and gave up three runs with four hits in five innings. He instigated four and walked two.
Weaver has played six times against the Dodgers in his career, starting four times and ERA is 1-2 at 7.25. At Dodger Stadium, he is one-on-one, recording 5.25 ERA in 12 innings.
Diamondbacks returned with the help of pitching staff on Monday with the return of right-handed Tyler Clippard from COVID-19 IL.
It was a tough season for the Diamondbacks (47-97). This is the most obvious fact when the team plays against the National League West. Arizona is only 2-12 against the Dodgers and has a 19-46 record in division games. Only Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles have a small number of split wins.
“We need to be better in many areas,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said on Monday. “We don’t have a very good record for the National League West, and that’s something we also have to look at. You have to win a baseball game and play good baseball. The bottom line. We will find our way there. “
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