Monday night was not the outing that Dodgers fans were hoping for out of Tony Gonsolin. One start after he could not make it out of the 2nd inning in his season debut, Gonsolin tossed just 3 innings and 3 batters.
Those walks highlight the biggest issues so far for Gonsolin in his first 2 starts of the year. The stuff is there, but the control and execution have been way off. That’s something that he says he needs to fix, and the Dodgers really need it if he’s going to be their fifth starter.
Definitely made progress. Still a little shaky in that first inning. Settled in a little bit and got some outs. If I eliminate some of those walks, I think I go deeper in the game. It was nice to get out of some possible damage, bases loaded in the first inning. I was able to minimize that, hold it to one run. But ultimately I’ve got to stop walking guys.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts echoed a similar sentiment after the win. Los Angeels had to go to the bullpen early, but they do see progress in Gonsolin’s second start since coming off other injured list.
It’s not the way we envisioned it. He’s going out there and competing, trying to do the best he can and get as many outs as he can while continuing to build up. I think getting him to the 70-pitch number, you think that his next turn the natural progression is up to 90 pitches. But he’s got to be efficient.
For what it’s worth, Gonsolin was able to work his way out of a whole lot of traffic. He allowed 4 runners to reach in the 1st inning and allowed just 1 run. He allowed 3 more batters to reach for the rest of the outing before the Dodgers went to David Price in the 4th.
Simply put, the Dodgers are going to need Gonsolin do be more efficient with his pitches. The bullpen has been taxed heavily early on in the year, and keeping them fresh going into the playoffs is paramount.
But he can do it. Fans often forget just how good Tony is when he’s on.