For the first time in what seems like forever, the Dodgers have 5 actual starting pitchers in their rotation. They survived the trials of injuries and off-field issues that have plagued their starting staff and finally have guys ready to go for the postseason.
Sunday was one of those rare days for the Dodgers where they could piggyback Tony Gonsolin rather than lining up a start. With the off-days and keeping guys on normal rest, there was not a need to slot in Tony for a start in that 5th spot.
Gonsolin pitched 2.1 innings and got hit with 3 runs against the Reds. The Dodgers would eventually go to their bullpen after him to make sure the game didn’t get too close. After the game, Doc evaluated his performance and planned out his near future.
He got some work in. I thought he was good just kind of finding his rhythm. …overall good. I’m not sure when he lines up next, but when it does, he will be back in the rotation.
It wasn’t Gonsolin’s best appearance of the year, but that might be the role he is in during the postseason. The Dodgers will likely roll with their best 4 when October comes around, and chances are he gets pushed to the bullpen.
But next time out will almost certainly be as a starter for Gonsolin. That could line up to have him pitching against the Diamondbacks in Arizona over the weekend. The Dodgers are set to play 3 games against their NL West counterparts Friday through Sunday.