- Tony Gonsolin
Before we start, we’re just throwing in Gonsolin’s July 31st start to help show why he’s been the Dodger’s most valuable pitcher so far.
0-0, 0.51 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 17/5 K/BB, 8.66 K/9
Yes, the Dodger’s most valuable pitcher of the year so far doesn’t have a single win. But that’s only because of his 4 starts, he was allowed to finish 5 innings only once. And we emphasize the allowed.
It seems that the Dodgers seem to be treating their newest diamond in the rough find very carefully. But when he did pitch deep it was 6 scoreless with only 3 baserunners allowed.
He pitched 16.2 scoreless innings straight to start his 2020 season. However, even more impressive was his response to allowing his first run of the year.
He started the 3rd by giving up back to back singles to the 8 and 9 Texas hitters. He then gave up a walk on a full count to Choo to load the bases. He fell behind to Solak 1-0 and then gave up a run on a wild pitch.
He went on to walk Solak on 4 pitches, reloading the bases for the 3-4-5 hitters of the Texas lineup. He had a brief mound visit and went back to work with no outs.
He got Jose Trevino to pop out and then struck out Gallo and (no departed) Fraizer to limit the damage to one run. He was pulled after throwing nearly 40 pitches in the inning.
The Dodgers traded Ross Stripling to the Blue Jays because they couldn’t keep Ross in the rotation with Tony throwing like this. He has the lowest ERA in the majors among pitchers with at least 15 innings pitched. There’s only 3 pitchers with at least 10 innings pitched and a lower ERA (because they haven’t given up any runs and their bullpen guys)
It appears Caturday will officially be coming once a week and we couldn’t be more excited.