In case you’ve missed some of the great news and notes from the week, here we try to get you covered and up to date for this fine Sunday morning. Firstly, the Dodgers wrap up their series with the Rockies in Colorado at 12:10 PM PT today. Righty Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 1.51) makes his 7th start of the season against Anthony Senzatela (4-2, 3.30).
For the man they call Goose, it’s another opportunity to pad the stats on his darkhorse candidacy for the NL Rookie of the Year award, something that some experts have his name linked to. However, with his own team, words from manager Dave Roberts have us wondering if Tony can even crack the rotation for the team in October.
- Tony Gonsolin is Making One of the Biggest Impacts Among MLB Rookies
- Tony Gonsolin Needs to Be in the Postseason Starting Rotation
In more player and postseason news, Mookie Betts has his name all over MVP chatter in the National League. Still, he reiterated the fact that his focus isn’t on himself, it’s on his team in the playoffs. Something he mentioned immediately after inking a 12 year contract extension with the Dodgers in July.
As the team plays out the final 7 games of the season, some players are starting to heat up when it matters most. Will Smith has torn the cover off the ball in the month of September, but the big name for LA is the reigning NL MVP. On Friday, Roberts let us know more about changes Cody Bellinger is making at the plate that are showing results.
- Dave Roberts Talks Cody Bellinger Changes at the Plate
- Will Smith is Quietly Killing it for Los Angeles as October Approaches
As many Dodgers fans know, the success of the team hinges almost exclusively on the pitching stuff. More specifically ace Clayton Kershaw and closer Kenley Jansen. For Kersh, Roberts is doing what he can to hopefully keep him happy and productive in October by ensuring that his personal catcher be there along the way.
On the topic of Jansen, it’s been a tale of two seasons for the former All-Star. After earning the NL Reliever of the Month award for the first month-plus of the season, he cratered early in September, punctuated by a gut punch of a blown save against the Trashtros at Dodger Stadium. While fans were once again quick to jump on the club’s all-time saves leader, much of the success for the Dodgers in October relies on that right arm.
Keep an eye on the wild, wild NL Wild Card in this upcoming final week of the season…
Which team are you more worried about the #Dodgers potentially facing in the Wild Card round of the playoffs?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 19, 2020
…The Dodgers can end up facing almost anybody.