3 pitchers that can instantly fix the Dodgers' Alex Vesia problem

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1. Victor Gonzalez

Victor Gonzalez walked so Alex Vesia could run. The southpaw reliever has a really good fastball and wipeout slider that plays very well against left-handed pitching. Like Vesia, Gonzalez also has a tendency to get absolutely fired up on the mound, which is something that this team might need a taste of after a rough start.

It looked like Gonzalez was going to be a staple of the Dodgers' bullpen for years to come after his strong rookie season in 2020. Gonzalez posted a 1.33 ERA in 20.1 innings out of the bullpen that season and was a key arm that Dave Roberts turned to in the World Series. Gonzalez made eight appearances during the 2020 postseason and posted a 2.70 ERA.

The 2021 season was up and down for Gonzalez. While he was mostly good, he did have a few bad games that really elevated his final numbers. Gonzalez sported a 3.57 ERA in 44 appearances for the Dodgers that year but was shut down in early August with right knee inflammation. That would start an injury journey that has carried into 2023.

He would not pitch in the big leagues again in 2021 and missed all of the 2022 season after undergoing elbow surgery. Gonzalez managed to return and pitch in the minors but he was not ready to pitch in the postseason last year.

With Gonzalez now fully healthy, he has returned to his old ways. Gonzalez is sporting a 1.50 ERA in five appearances thus far in AAA while allowing just two hits. He has struck out 10 batters and has walked three. Maybe time to bring him back up.