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.