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Dodgers News: Postseason Pitching Staff Coming into Focus

Rookies heading toward key October roles.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 05: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin (46) and pitcher Dustin May (85) look on in the dugout during a MLB game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 5, 2019 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Ahead of the final regular season series for the Dodgers, manager Dave Roberts had some answers for integral questions regarding the playoff pitching staff. But not all the answers.

First, he shed some light on the status of rookie right handers Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May.

Usually with Dave, an “it’s possible” often leads to a “they’re on.” Over the last week — and especially in the San Diego series — it became very apparent that May had moved up the depth chart in terms of relief options in October. After a rough beginning to his relief career, he has rebounded to toss 9 consecutive scoreless innings over 7 outings. Moreover, May has allowed only 5 hits and 1 walk against 13 strikeouts.

Gonsolin could make the roster as a long reliever, but would likely be viewed as a contingency plan for Rich Hill. The veteran Hill is penciled in as the likely game 4 starter, but much of that is contingent on his final outing of the regular season on Sunday.

As it stands, the Dodgers are quickly running out of room on the 25 man roster. Roberts reiterated the fact that the club will carry 12 pitchers for the division series.

I broke down the up-to-date expected roster as of Tuesday here, but from the looks of it, creating room for May, Gonsolin, and Hill may cause the manager to re-neg on his stance with Ross Stripling’s roster spot.

One concern — and potential open roster spot — has been Joe Kelly’s status of late. However, he put some concerns to bed on Friday afternoon.

Kelly has suffered from… well, he doesn’t really know, but it has limited him to only 4.1 innings in the month of September. Roberts maintains that Kelly would be pitching if it were meaningful games, but a dominant run by Los Angeles afforded the opportunity for patience.

The NLDS starts on Thursday, October 3.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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