The Dodgers probably would not have had the success that they did in 2020 without Tony Gonsolin. In fact, he was so good during the regular season that he sort of forced their hand. He was ultimately one of the biggest reasons that the team traded fan-favorite Ross Stripling to Toronto for some prospects before the deadline.
We got to chat with Tony earlier this week about what it’s like being a World Series champion. In his mind, he wants to do everything that he can moving forward to ensure that he does not have a repeat of the 2020 postseason.
I won’t head to Arizona until we get a confirmed Spring Training date because we gotta figure out what’s going on with all of that. The goal for this offseason is to get stronger, get healthier or as healthy as I can be, and then try to maintain whatever I’m doing good and maintain that longer in the year so we ultimately don’t have that little mishap we had this year in the playoffs.
Gonsolin did have a fairly unfortunate postseason despite having a ridiculous regular season. He made 4 appearances for the Dodgers in the playoffs, only making it past his second inning of work on one occasion.
In those 4 appearances, he tossed 9.1 innings and allowed 9 earned runs. Despite giving up just 2 homeruns during the regular season Gonsolin allowed one in each of his 2020 postseason appearances. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Gonsolin was extremely helpful in filling holes in their rotation during their World Series run, regardless of the results.
So moving forward, Tony wants to make sure that he can extend that regular-season success into the playoffs. If he can maintain his 2020 regular season dominance throughout the course of an entire year, the Dodgers are going to be in a very good position moving forward.
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