Let’s Talk About Tony Gonsolin

For the past couple of years, Tony Gonsolin has embraced many different roles, including starting and pitching out of the bullpen throughout the regular season and the postseason for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also pitched in some big spots during the 2020 World Series run.

Gonsolin was expected to have a similar role coming into this season, but he earned a rotation spot this Spring Training.

Monday during the 5-4 Dodger win against the Diamondbacks, Gonsolin continued his great start to the still young season. The 28-year-old right hander went six innings, allowing two runs and striking out seven.

Six innings matched the longest outing of this season for Gonsolin. So far, he is 4-0 on the year with a 1.64 ERA over seven starts. His seven strikeouts, six innings, and 92 pitches on Monday were all season highs.

Gonsolin has pitched in 33 innings and has 30 strikeouts with a WHIP of 1.030. It is not like Gonsolin hadn’t shown this type of potential before, but he is finally getting consistent opportunities. He has a career ERA of 2.62.

During the earlier part of the season, Gonsolin pitched around three to four innings per outing while splitting games pitching with left hander Tyler Anderson. However, Gonsolin has not allowed more than two runs in a single outing this season.

Coming into the season, many were hopping off the Gonsolin hype train after a couple rough starts in the postseason and a injury-filled 2021 season.

With four games in the next 36 hours, and the first double header at Dodger Stadium in years, Gonsolin gave the Dodgers a much-needed lengthy start.

Another Dodger pitcher who has enjoyed success in the early part of the season has been Clayton Kershaw. As of now, Kershaw is on the injured list, but so far this season he is 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA. It has appeared that some of that success has rubbed off on Gonsolin.

According to reports, Gonsolin has benefitted on advice from Kershaw this season. Much of the recent focus for the team revolved around someone stepping up, according to Dodger manager Dave Roberts.

Gonsolin did a nice job attacking the strike zone on Monday, and was able to get 67 of his pitches for strikes. If Gonsolin can continue this success, he could be in the discussion for a spot at the midsummer classic this year at Dodger Stadium.

Yes, we are still quite some time away, and there are plenty of possible pitchers who could find themselves at the All-Star Game. However it seems like Gonsolin and Dodger pitching as a whole are enjoying a nice season so far.

Clayton Kershaw Lands On Injured List as Dodgers Look To Even Series Against Phillies

What a wild game on Thursday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers were edged out by the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 9-7. After the Phillies led 7-1, the Dodgers came back and tied the game at 7 in the eighth inning. However, the Phillies scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning off of Dodger reliever Daniel Hudson.

Many Dodger fans were left asking the question why didn’t Craig Kimbrel pitch the ninth? Kimbrel had not pitched in five days, and Hudson had just previously pitched the day before against the Pirates.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but failed to score.

Now for Friday’s game, the team will have to adapt and restructure their rotation. Clayton Kershaw, who was scheduled to start, was placed on the injured list due to SI joint inflammation. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers recalled left hander Garrett Cleavinger.

Kershaw was enjoying a fantastic start to his 2022 season, as he has posted a 4-0 record along with a 1.80 ERA and striking out 32 batters while only allowing three walks.

Walker Buehler, who was scheduled to start tomorrow night, will move up his start and pitch tonight.

The Dodgers now have two starting pitchers on the injured list with Kershaw and Andrew Heaney still remaining on the injured list. The story of last year was an injury carousel and it seemed the Dodgers were beat heavily by the injury bug.

With Buehler starting Friday, that leaves Saturday’s starter TBD. Julio Urias is scheduled to start on Sunday, but the Dodgers have a pending doubleheader on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in which the team may want to call up a spot starter.

With David Price amid trade rumors, the Dodgers may want to stand pat and see how things turn out with Heaney and Kershaw before they make any move. Price still remains on the injury list as well. Ryan Pepiot, who just made his Major League debut on Wednesday, or Andre Jackson could be among the candidates selected to be called up.

Despite the surprising loss yesterday, and the shocking series losses to the Rockies, Pirates and Diamondbacks, the Dodgers still are only one of few teams to have reached 20 wins in the majors so far, and they are tied with the Mets for the best winning percentage in the National League.

The Dodgers post a 1-2 record against Arizona, Pittsburgh and Colorado, but a 17-4 record against everyone else.

The Dodgers will look to even the series Friday with Buehler moving up his start one day. He’s posted a 1.96 ERA so far and only allowed one run in seven innings last time out against the Cubs. He will face Philadelphia right hander Kyle Gibson, who is 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA.

First pitch for Friday is scheduled at 7:10 p.m. Pacific.

David Price Trade Rumors and Ryan Pepiot’s Potential MLB Debut

After sweeping the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped the opening game of a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. The loss ended their six-game winning streak, as well as a 16-game winning streak against the Pirates. Such games are bound to happen, especially in an early game after a long flight.

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Doubleheader Against Cubs Scheduled for Saturday, More Team Notes

After sweeping a two-game series against the San Francisco Giants and an off day on Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers were supposed to start a three game series in Chicago Friday against the Cubs. That series will now start now Saturday, after Friday’s game was postponed due to inclement weather.

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Dodgers, Giants Meet for First Time Since 2021 NLDS

This week, the Los Angeles Dodgers have two off days, Monday and Thursday. They will end their small five-game homestand with a two-game set against the San Francisco Giants and then hit the road for six games beginning with a series against the Chicago Cubs.

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Dodgers Host Detroit Tigers in Interleague Play

After surprisingly dropping two out of three games to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers return home after a 3-3 road trip.

The Dodgers will play five games at home, including a three-game interleague series with the Detroit Tigers and a two-game series against the San Francisco Giants — the first time the teams will meet this season.

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Dodgers Prospects Who Could Make MLB Debuts in 2022

Through nearly the first month of the 2022 MLB season, the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves having one of the top records in the majors. To no surprise, that was expected with a team that has so many high caliber players.

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Dodgers Head to San Diego for First Series Against Padres

The Los Angeles Dodgers are off to one of the league’s hottest starts. However, this early in the season things are changing daily, as four out of the five best records in the National League are in the West division. The Mets became the first team to win 10 games, while the Dodgers had an off day yesterday.

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Dodgers Boast Best Record in Young Season, Plus Latest Notes

Through the first ten games of the 2022 MLB season, the Dodgers were ranked No. 1 in the first edition of MLB’s power rankings. Ever since losing two out of three games in Colorado during the Opening Series, the Dodgers have reeled off seven consecutive wins.

While it’s still really early, Freddie Freeman has looked like his MVP self, Cody Bellinger appears on his way to finding his 2019 groove, and Gavin Lux at times has looked like the Dodgers hottest hitter. If that all keeps in some sort throughout the season, it will be a very fun year.

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Latest Dodger Lineups Showing Potential Firepower

Thursday’s opening game against the Reds was just a small sample size of how dangerous the Dodger lineup can truly be. The Dodgers put up three runs in the first inning off of Cincinnati opener Luis Cessa. The Reds clawed their way back into the game to tie at three until the Dodgers put up a six spot in the bottom of the eighth to grab the 9-3 home opening win.

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