The Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff has been the best in all of baseball this season. LA currently ranks first in team ERA, hits allowed, WHIP and opponents AVG. Also, it doesn’t hurt that Cy Young candidate Tony Gonsolin, Tyler Anderson and ace Julio Urias are having a hell of a season and are propelling the Dodgers to the best record in baseball.
However, LA has been struck with some key injuries in the pitching department this season and most recently, Gonsolin will be missing some time with a forearm issue.
Dodgers Nation’s Doug McKain asked ESPN MLB insider, Alden Gonzalez, if Los Angeles should have some concerns going into the postseason and he says there is uncertainty going into October.
“They have legitimate questions about their pitching… I have questions about the ninth inning with Craig Kimbrel… it’s just not very common for a team this dominant to have such sort of pertinent questions about its pitching staff…”
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Gonzalez is spot on. Even though the Dodgers are dominating so far this season, will this be sustainable in October?
We hope that our potential top 4 are healthy going into the playoffs in Gonsolin, Anderson, Kershaw and Urias and the bullpen has been holding it down for LA. But, the question that every Dodger fan has is, who will close it out in the ninth inning?
Craig Kimbrel was traded to the Dodgers before the 2022 season for AJ Pollock and things haven’t been all rainbows and sunshine with Kimbrel as the closer.
In his first year in LA, the 34-year-old has played in 48 games with a 4-5 record, 4.14 ERA, 60 K’s and 1.49 WHIP. Not exactly ideal for someone who is replacing a Dodgers closer who gave Dodger fans anxiety when he would come into games (Yes, I’m talking about you, Kenley Jansen).
The Dodgers don’t have to go in a traditional route and choose one closer, but have a variety of them and switch it up from time to time. It worked for them in 2020, so it’ll be interesting to see what route they take in 2022 come playoff time.