Dodgers News and Notes – Gonsolin’s Dominance, Heaney’s Return and More

Once again, Tony Gonsolin was called upon to be the stopper for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ losing skid. Once again, Gonsolin more than delivered.

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.

7 thoughts on “Dodgers News and Notes – Gonsolin’s Dominance, Heaney’s Return and More

  1. Gonsolin has been incredible. Hoping Heaney can emulate his start this year. They named White the sixth starter which was well earned. I will never understand Roberts. Why pull Gonsolin when he has a low pitch count and the bullpen has struggled? Let him at least finish the inning. It tells the guy u don’t trust him. He does the same to Urias.

  2. Always have liked the Catman and I am warming up to Anderson really quick. Offense still stinks.

  3. Hard to get a rally going when you have guys in the lineup striking out or making poor contact. So far the Dodgers have Lux, Betts, Freeman and T Turner producing. Muncy, J T, Bellinger have been mostly rally killers and Taylor strikes out way too much. Smith has been below average. Smith appears to be making better contact lately, his HR took pressure off of Anderson and won the game. When those 4 guys are hitting they have showed they can produce enough runs to win with the Dodger pitching. But those 4 guys have rarely been hot at the same time.

    1. I wonder what the front office thought process is with regard to how long a leash they give Max, Belli and JT.
      Belli might be the longest because of his stellar defense, so he’s contributing even when he isn’t hitting.
      Max may or may not still be injured so if he’s healing (even if slowly), he could eventually come around.
      JT’s situation seems as though it might be age related. If so, that is the one that can’t improve with time.

      1. Father Time is undefeated. I agree about Bellinger for this season no real options once Pillar was injured. Although paying a 200 hitting gold glove 17 million is difficult to justify in 2023. Muncy is not known for his defense. If the pitching is stable and they are out of the playoffs last quarter because of a lack of offense do they bring up Vargas and Busch or?? I don’t think that happens but??

      2. 3 WAR more than covers the $17 million. If he stays on the field he’ll get that.

        Yes to Busch and Vargas. I too don’t think that happens.

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