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Dodgers NLCS: Clayton Kershaw Scratched From Game 2 Start, Tony Gonsolin Gets the Ball

Playing a game behind, the Dodgers will have to turn to Gonsolin.



Less than ideal news coming out of the Dodgers camp early on Tuesday morning. Just one day after the team fell a game behind in the NLCS to the Braves, they were forced to scratch Clayton Kershaw from his scheduled Game 2 start.

Kershaw was scratched ahead of the game with what is being described as back spasms by the Dodgers. That was the same description that landed him on the Injured List on Opening Day earlier this year. Los Angeles had to pivot to start Dustin May in his place after that one was announced late as well. 

While the news is a blow to the Dodgers, it does clear a path for Tony Gonsolin in this postseason. Gonsolon was incredibly effective out of the rotation in 2020 but has yet to get a chance in the playoffs. That’s partially due to the fact that Los Angeles has steamrolled the last two teams that they have faced in October. 

Gonsolin’s last appearance came on September 26th versus the Angels. He went 6 innings for the Dodgers in that game and allowed 4 earned runs. For the year, Tony pitched to a dazzling 2.31 earned run average and 2.29 FIP across 9 appearances. He went 2-2 an finished up averaging close to 9 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Doesn’t he have back problems every year? In a normal year this would be mid-season. The bullpen collapse plus problems with the two top starters leads to another disappointment.

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