Dodgers Dodgers Should Plan On Using Tony Gonsolin Less in the Second Half
The Dodgers made the decision to not go with Tony Gonsolin in their first series of the second half. Despite playing the Giants for 4 games over the course of this week, Gonsolin will not be pitching in the series. And that might speak to a deeper issue within the pitching rotation.
Gonsolin pitched 93? innings across 17 starts for the Dodgers in the first half. That is by far the heaviest workload of his career. In fact, every inning that he pitches for the rest of the season will be a career-high for him.
And while Tony has been phenomenal. there is reason to believe that the Dodgers will go to him less. This series could be a great indicator of that. Gonsolin put up an 11-0 record to start out the season and posted a 2.02 ERA with a 3.39 FIP.
But the Dodgers have to be worrying about burning him out heading into the postseason. They’re in a great position right now, 10.5 games above the Padres in the National League West. That could motivate them to ease off on his workload down the stretch. Add in the fact that there are other names that will re-enter the mix, and it’s the perfect time for him.
Another option for them down the stretch might include Dustin May. They’ll want to ease him back into action, and the best way to do that could be by piggybacking him on Gonsolin’s starts. That would take pressure off of both hurlers. But with D-May, Andrew Heaney, and Walker Buehler set to return in the second half, they can afford to take it easy on Tony.
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