Dodgers Quick Hits: Injury updates, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin
Tony Gonsolin continues to shine
While the top Dodgers’ pitching prospect Dustin May continues to garner all the attention, all Tony Gonsolin does is go out and pitch gems. On Friday, Tony went five innings while allowing two runs, and seemed to run out of gas in the sixth inning. That is when Gonsolin allowed both of the earned runs to score.
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Gonsolin currently sports a 2.89 ERA across six games, with five of those outings coming as a starting pitcher. Like Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin has made one appearance out of the bullpen and he pitched four innings allowing just one run at Coors Field. Tony has been in the Ross Stripling swingman role pitching out of the pen and the rotation.
Dustin May has gotten most of the attention so far, as expected but Gonsolin has performed better than May. Tony holds a 2.89 ERA and .200 opponent’s average while May holds a 4.07 ERA with an opponent’s average of .255. While both should make the postseason roster, that is no lock with plenty of talented pitchers all vying for a postseason roster spot.
Rich Hill is expected to return in a few weeks and regain his spot in the starting rotation, but the possibility exists that he does not make it back or he returns with little time remaining in the regular season. If that were to happen then the Dodgers would have a few different options who could be their fourth playoff starter.
Tony Gonsolin should be the leader for the fourth spot in the postseason rotation. He has pitched consistently and faced elite competition like his start against the Yankees. Gonsolin may not be the club’s top pitching prospect, but he has pitched like he is.