The Dodgers will have a tough decision to make, as October approaches. Who will get the last spot in the bullpen, Dustin May or Tony Gonsolin?
The Dodgers bullpen will likely feature Kenta Maeda, Julio Urias, Pedro Baez, Joe Kelly, Adam Kolarek, Ross Stripling, and of course, Kenley Jansen. That leaves one spot open. Kolarek hasn’t had a strong start for the Dodgers, but he will likely be on the 40-man roster. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have acquired him before the trade deadline. Should Dustin May or Tony Gonsolin get that last pitching spot?
Dustin May has pitched 11.1 innings, given up 14 hits, 5 runs, 1 dinger, and striking out 10 batters, in 2 games. Each game he has pitched 5.2 innings. In his first outing, the Dodgers defense could have done a better job, and May would have had a better performance. In the first outing, May gave up 9 hits, 4 runs, struck out 3 batters, and threw 97 pitches. He did struggle in the 6th inning, but the second game he pitched phenomenally, giving up 5 hits, 1 run, 1 dinger, struck out 7 batters and threw 83 pitches.
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Tony Gonsolin has pitched 14 innings, given up 11 hits, 7 runs, 1 dinger, and striking out 13 batters. Gonsolin’s first outing was rocky too. He pitched in late June against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, giving up 6 hits, 6 runs, 1 HR, struck out 3 batters, in just 4 innings pitched. In his second outing, he was used as a relief pitcher, going 4 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run, struck out 3 batters, and picked up a save. In his third outing, Gonsolin pitched 6 innings, gave up just 2 hits, 0 runs, and struck out 7 batters.
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Gonsolin has shown in Colorado, nonetheless, that he can be a reliable pitcher from the bullpen. However, May has shown he can dominate through 5 innings of play. This will be a tough decision when the time comes, and there could be an outside chance they roster 13 pitchers in October, but that is unlikely to happen.
May and Gonsolin will likely have another month or so to prove themselves, to see who has the edge. If they could roster 13 pitchers, that would be good news for May, Gonsolin, and the Dodgers. If not, as it stands right now, May is in favor of being the 12th pitcher on the Dodgers pitching rotation, due to the fact that he is guaranteed a 3rd start, and Gonsolin was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Gonsolin has an ERA of 3.21 and May has an ERA of 3.18. If the Dodgers can’t roster May and Gonsolin, May should get the last spot in the rotation, because he has shown he’s able to go 5 innings, without much damage being caused.