The Catman went 6.1 innings, allowing only 1 hit, walking two, and striking out six while facing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday. He faced Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani three times – the only hit he allowed was to Ohtani. Otherwise he shut those excellent batters down.
Gonsolin has been a marvel to watch this season. He now owns the lowest ERA in the major leagues at 1.42, WHIP at 0.82, and is a perfect 8-0 on the season. He is second on the Dodgers in WAR behind Mookie Betts.
Sometimes the best thing about baseball are the things you don’t see coming. Gonsolin finally putting all of his talent together is one of those things.
Conversely, the Dodgers offense still seems stymied, and that’s not something many people would have thought before the season.
In a lineup that has three former MVPs, and is full of players that could be in the future, not one of them is currently performing like one. We’ve discussed multiple times here at ThinkBluePC the issues with Betts other than the month of May and all the others in the lineup.
The Dodgers did manage to win on Tuesday evening, scratching across a run in the fourth inning and later an insurance run with a homer by Betts in the eighth. The team has only scored six runs in their last four games, since their 11 run outburst in Chicago. Some day it will get going. Meanwhile, we wait.
The wait for another arm to return to the rotation has an end date. Andrew Heaney has completed his rehab outings, and should be slotted into the rotation on Sunday. In his final outing, Heaney went 5.0 innings, struck out nine, walked one and allowed no earned runs. Total from his time in rehab he pitched 12.1 innings, allowed one earned run and struck out 19.
Walker Buehler had a bone spur removed from this right elbow. It is an issue that has bothered the pitcher before. He decided to have the surgery now since the time frame for recovery is the same amount of time for which he will be sidelined with his forearm strain which sent him to the IL last week.
After the Dodger finish this short two game series with the Angels, they will enjoy another off day before welcoming the Cleveland Guardians to Chavez Ravine. Probable pitching matchups are Friday, Zach Plesac and Julio Urías; Saturday, Cal Quantrill and Clayton Kershaw; Sunday’s matinee will be TBD for both teams, although Heaney is expected to make that start.