Dodgers set to battle with the wild card contending Rays

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 15: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 15: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 07: Pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of the MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /

Brendan McKay (5.27 ERA, 4.29 FIP) vs. Tony Gonsolin (2.83 ERA, 3.79 FIP)

Game two of the series will feature two talented young pitching prospects as Tony Gonsolin will start for the Dodgers and oppose two-way prospect Brendan McKay.  McKay is the Ray’s top pitching prospect and he has hit 15 home runs in his minor league career.  In college, he hit .341 with 18 home runs in his final season.  The talented two-way star has a mid 90’s fastball and a wipe out slider.

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Tony Gonsolin will go for the Dodgers as he looks to keep his postseason push going.  The question for Gonsolin is not if he will be on the playoff roster, but rather what role he will play.  Goose last pitched three innings out of the bullpen in Baltimore, where he allowed one run on a solo home run.  The Dodgers could look to push him to four or five innings in this start.

With both pitchers being rookies, neither club has faced Wednesday’s starting pitchers.  Gonsolin has pitched against one AL East contender already, the New York Yankees where he delivered five solid innings in Los Angeles.  If Gonsolin can shut down the Rays it would be another strong showing against another AL team that should end up in the postseason.

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As far as opponents left in the regular season, the Rays are the most intriguing opponent left on LA’s schedule.  This is as close to a postseason test that the Dodgers will get for the rest of the regular season.  After this series it will be time for Dave Roberts to start looking ahead to the postseason and line up his potential postseason rotation.

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