The Dodgers and Braves will play 1 game to decide who moves on to the World Series to face the Rays. After Los Angeles fell behind 3 games to 1, they’ve come roaring back to tie up the series and force a Game 7.
While the Braves had already announced they would go with rookie Ian Anderson to start the game, the Dodgers had not previously announced their starter. Dave Roberts and the team waited until around noon Pacific Time today to make it official, and Dustin May will get the start.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 18, 2020
There wasn’t really any doubt by anyone that the Dodgers would go with Gonsolin in this one. The only real question was if the team would pivot to an opener to get the top of the Braves lineup out quickly, or if they would go to Julio Urias instead. Instead, they flipped everything around and will go with D-May to start things off.
May last pitched on Friday when he tossed 2 innings to open the game against the Braves. The Dodgers followed that up with a series of bullpen arms to get them the win in Game 5. In total, he has made two appearances in this series and thrown 3.2 innings.
Gonsolin would have been pitching off of regular rest having last thrown on Tuesday. The Dodgers lost that game mostly because the offense didn’t show up until the 7th inning. Gonsolin was charged with 5 earned runs in that one as the wheels came off in the 5th inning.
The Dodgers could very well go with Gonsolin after Dustin May. How long that Dustin will actually be in there remains to be seen given his work during this Championship Series, but it’s not a stretch to believe he will only throw 1 inning.
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