Dodgers: Tony Gonsolin Needs to Be the All-Star Game Starter

Tony Gonsolin is undefeated across his first 15 starts of the season. Even though the Dodgers offense tried their best to hand him his first loss in Atlanta, Gonsolin is now 10-0 after taking down the Padres on Friday night. And he’s pitching out of his mind this year. 

But Tony was absolutely lights out against the Padres last night. So much so that despite his career-high in innings pitched already being set, Dave Roberts sent him out to pitch the 8th inning. He finished with 7.2 innings of work on 92 pitches and allowed just 1 earned run. He also added in a season-high 8 strikeouts without allowing a free pass. 

That brought his MLB-best ERA down to 1.54 on the year. And there is no reason that the NL shouldn’t have Tony starting the All-Star Game in a few weeks. The Dodgers hurler is putting up otherworldly numbers, even if he doesn’t have the strikeouts to match Corbin Burnes or the innings to meet Sandy Alcantara. 

But the Cat Man has the lead in ERA and WHIP(0.82) across his first 15 starts. He has easily been the Dodgers’ most reliable starter, and he is among the top 3 NL starting pitchers with ease. Sure, there are some concerns that he could get burnt out by the end of the season at the pace he is one. 

But 1 inning in July probably isn’t going to change much for him. And with the Dodgers hosting, Tony has certainly earned the honor. It would be cool to see Clayton Kershaw get the ball to start the Mid-Summer Classic, but Gonsolin is the guy.

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