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Dodgers News: Tony Gonsolin isn’t Ready to Pitch Deep into Game 3

Just a few months ago, Tony Gonsolin was firmly in the race for the National League Cy Young award. Everything seemed to be going right for Gonsolin in by far his best year as a pro, but the injury bug got the best of him.

It was unclear whether or not Gonsolin would be ready to go for the postseason, but Dave Roberts remained hopeful. Now, he’s tabbed him as his Game 3 starter. But Dodger fans should temper their expectations for the Catman.

“I think with us, certainly there’s going to be some restrictions on Tony,” Roberts said. “I don’t know what they are right now. I know that he’s built up, upwards to 75 pitches. We’ll see how it goes with his stuff and effectiveness.”

Obviously Dodger fans would have loved to see Gonsolin go at least 90 pitches, but 75 is still better than nothing — and better than a lot of us expected going into the postseason.

Roberts also added that the team will have a few arms available in the bullpen who could eat up a ton of innings.

“I think the good thing about our pen coming off an off-day is Dustin is back online. Andrew Heaney is back online, and the other guys are available,” Roberts said. “I think for us, it sort of depends where Tony comes out, what’s the score and all that stuff. There’s not necessarily a person or persons that has to take bulk. I just think I’m going to make the decisions, whatever gives us the best chance to win and to prevent runs.”

Game 3 feels like a must-win for the Dodgers, as they don’t want to have their backs against the wall against a red-hot Joe Musgrove in Game 4 in San Diego. So hopefully Gonsolin can channel that Cy Young stuff for however long he pitches on Friday.

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  1. To say I am worried is an understatement. If our hitters dont wake up and start driving in runs, Snell and Musgrove might end our season. And even if Gonsolin goes 4 or 5 innings, we will be utilizing our bullpen. A bullpen we will need in games 4, 5, and/or 6. No more off days. I just hope and pray we have an offense the next 2 games in SD. I would be heartbroken if SD sweeps the next 2 games in SD. On paper, it would appear that their pitching is lining up better for the 2 games than Gonsolin and Anderson. The Dodgers are really going to have to earn this.

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