Before game time on Monday, the Dodgers and Dave Roberts weren’t quite ready to name a starter for NLDS game 4. After a 1-0 loss to the Giants and now, with their backs against the wall, Roberts still wasn’t ready to name a starter. Instead, he only offered up that “everything is on the table” for the win or go home game at Dodger Stadium tonight.
One pitcher we’ve yet to see this postseason is Tony Gonsolin. The right-hander took time with the media at Dodger Stadium on Monday where he talked about the game plan for him… at least at the time.
I’m pitching [Tuesday] at some point…not sure what the role is yet but I’m ready to get out there and throw … and when Doc says I’m done, I’m done.
As usual, Gonsolin chose the role of team player saying he’s ready for any role LA needs tonight. However, now after falling to 2-1 in the 5 game series, that role will very likely be a whole lot less high leverage, at least to start the game. Still, Tony kept his game plan simple.
Just attack guys. We’re all playing under the same pressure (so) go out there and seize the moment.
Gonsolin battled through shoulder issues throughout the season but still put together a 3.23 ERA over 15 games, 13 of which were starts. While the expectation is still that Walker Buehler will come back on short rest, the Dodgers have been in this position before and come out on the other side on top. In game 6 of the 2020 World Series, Roberts could have started Buehler on short rest. Instead, he opted to go with Gonsolin and ultimately picked up the seventh World Series title in franchise history 9 innings later.
For game 4 tonight, we know that right-hander Anthony DeSclafani will be starting for the Giants. He posted a 7.33 ERA against LA in 2021. First pitch is at 6:07 PM PT.