Friday, September 2, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris
Friday, Tony Gonsolin underwent an MRI, and it revealed nothing. Gonsolin will be a crucial member of the Dodger starting rotation. The rotation can be the Dodgers’ Achilles’ heel during the postseason.
Before the season, many Dodger fans and pundits worried about the effectiveness of the Dodger starting rotation, but so far, the Dodger starting rotation has been a strength. Although the rotation has had many injuries, the remaining starters have performed above expectations.
Gonsolin, Julio Urías, and Tony Anderson have been the backbone of the rotation. Everyone expected Urías, if healthy, to be a big part of the Dodger starting rotation after his breakout 2021 breakout season. After he had major shoulder surgery in 2017, the Dodger franchise protected him by limiting his innings during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. When the organization took the handcuffs off Urías, he has performed with excellence. This season, Urías has 14 victories and 7 losses with a 2.32 ERA, sparking Cy Young Award discussions.
After missing most of the 2021 season with shoulder inflammation, Gonsolin has been remarkable in 2022. Since his Major-League debut after the 2019 All-Star break, Gonsolin has exhibited huge Major-League talent. Although he has a good fastball, breaking ball, and a changeup, Gonsolin relies on a splitter to retire the opposition. In the past, many Major-League pitchers threw a splitter, but they found the trick pitch that most hitters cannot hit was hard on their elbows. The majority of pitchers quit throwing the splitter to prevent their elbows from Tommy John surgery.
Since Gonsolin did not begin pitching until college, his arm has not had the normal wear-and-tear of most Major-League pitchers had. This season Gonsolin has pitched the most innings. Gonsolin leads the National League in many pitching categories. Monday when Gonsolin could not make his scheduled start against the Miami Marlins, everyone held his breath. The Dodgers thought Gonsolin’s injury was not serious, but he was not progressing the way they wanted. Therefore, they had an MRI on Gonsolin, and the MRI revealed nothing. Friday, Gonsolin resumed throwing, so there is hope Gonsolin can return mid-September.
Thursday against the New York Mets, Clayton Kershaw returned to the rotation, after missing more than three weeks with a lower back issue. After a rocky first inning where he issued uncharacteristic three walks, Kershaw was brilliant for the rest of his four innings. If he can remain healthy, Kershaw will be an incredible asset for the Dodgers throughout the postseason.
Tyler Anderson has been a Godsend for the Dodgers. He was a late spring training free agent signing, and he has done more than the Dodgers could ever have hoped for. Anderson earned his first All-Star selection. He baffles the opposition with his changeup in the era when most Major-League hurlers throw 95 and above miles-per-hour. The Dodgers hope Anderson will continue dominating through the postseason.
The return of Dustin May has been triumphed despite struggling with his control against the San Diego Padres. He is a young pitcher and learning to dominate at the Major-League level.
If Andrew Heaney can limit the home run ball, he will dominate the opposition.
The Dodgers will go as deep as their starting rotation will carry into the postseason.
Friday, September 2, 2022