Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Kyle Gibson (1-3, 5.73 ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers will settle the score with a rubber-match at the new Globe Life Field in Arlington on Sunday. The Rangers won the series opener with an impressive performance behind Mike Minor.
Minor was on point with just 4 hits and no earned runs conceded. With how lifeless their offense has been this season, an outing like that is welcome for the Rangers. Minor has been up and down this year, though that performance might be able to get him going.
The bats woke up for the Dodgers on Saturday. Max Muncy had himself a day at the plate, as he racked up 4 RBI on 2-for-4 hitting. Ross Stripling was fine, nothing special, though he was able to settle in and prevent too much damage. Stripling conceded 4 hits and 3 earned runs through 4 innings of work. The Dodgers advanced for a nice 7-4 win to get them back into the win column.
The Dodgers lead the NL West with a record of 25-10. They have a five-game advantage on the San Diego Padres going into Sunday. As exciting as the Padres can be with Fernando Tatis Jr. at the dish, their roster just doesn’t have the same level of depth as the Dodgers. The Dodgers don’t need a guy like Mookie Betts or Cody Bellinger to go wild everyday.
There are others in their lineup that are fully capable of doing damage if the stars have an off day. The Dodgers are expected to wisely give Tony Gonsolin his fourth start of the season on Sunday. Having the luxury of going to Gonsolin to give the rest of the rotation an extra day off isn’t fair. He doesn’t have a win thus far, but certainly deserves one or two. The Rangers are expected to counter with Kyle Gibson. Get our free LA Dodgers vs. Texas Rangers pick below.
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Tony Gonsolin has been the ultimate luxury for the Dodgers. He has made three starts and has been lights out in all three. Through 14.2 innings of work, Gonsolin has recorded an ERA of 0.00 and 0.55 WHIP. Opposing offenses are hitting just .125 against Gonsolin.
It’s a small sample size, but Gonsolin was efficient last season in 11 appearances in 2019, too. Gonsolin notched an ERA of 2.93 and 1.03 WHIP through 40 innings. He held the opposition to a .178 batting average.
The Dodgers might be tempted to trade for a pitcher at the deadline, but the solution might be on their team already. Ross Stripling has been iffy despite pitching in a winning effort on Saturday. That might prompt the Dodgers to find a replacement for him.
Gonsolin looks like a pretty good option to me. Gonsolin will have an opportunity to prove himself for the fourth time in 2020. He gets a matchup with the worst offense in the majors today. The Rangers are dead last with 3.69 runs scored per game. They’ve been worse at home, with 3.56 runs recorded per contest in 2020.
Kyle Gibson must look out for Mookie Betts in this game. Betts has throttled Gibson for a .389 average with 3 home runs and 6 runs in the past. Gibson has only seen A.J. Pollock and Betts on the Dodgers. Gibson will have to be better than he’s been this season to have success against the Dodgers.
Gibson has gotten touched up for a 5.73 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2020. The 32-year-old veteran has yielded 6 hits and 7 earned runs through 6.1 innings of work. He apparently doesn’t like the new Globe Life Field. Gibson has an ERA of 6.32 and 1.66 WHIP in 15.2 innings at home. It should be a rough day, especially if the Rangers provide no run support again. Look for the Dodgers to pull away for a win by 2 or more runs in Arlington.