A warning to Dodgers fans: you’re probably not going to enjoy this. Julio Urias was scratched from his start on Wednesday to prepare him for a role coming out of the bullpen in the playoffs. In his place, Joe Kelly will get the start as an opener.
Unfortunately, that’s not the part Dodgers fans will be upset with. In a press conference on Wednesday, Dave Roberts revealed that Tony Gonsolin’s next appearance might come under similar circumstances. From what it sounds like, he might also be an option for a relief role in October.
There’s a thought of potentially having each one of those guys pitch out of the pen in their last turn. Just so we can continue keeping our options open while preparing those guys…That’s a conversation, we haven’t made that decision yet. I know Tony’s done it once this year. I think in Arizona. Whether we decide to have him start on Saturday remains to be seen, but it’s a conversation.
Fans have expressed their desire to keep Tony in the rotation since his first appearance in 2020. The Dodgers even went so far as trading Ross Stripling to clear up space for him. In his starts, Gonsolin has been lights out. His 2.05 FIP and 1.26 ERA are both the best on the team for starting pitchers. Gonsolin has also racked up a 1.5 WAR, good for second-best among all pitchers on the staff.
His lone relief appearance came more out of necessity than anything. Dustin May was struck on the foot by a line drive and Gonsolin came in to pitch 5 innings. He allowed 3 earned runs in that appearance and was ultimately stuck with the loss. With that in mind, it seems strange that the Dodgers would consider him an option for the bullpen.