Marco Gonzales (2-2, 3.97 ERA) vs. Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
It was a wild ride last night at Dodger Stadium between the Seattle Mariners and LA Dodgers. It looked like for a minute that the Mariners were going to be able to spring the upset. Ross Stripling was all over the place for the Dodgers early.
He gave up 8 hits and 6 earned runs through 3 innings. Dave Roberts gave him the benefit of the doubt, and gave him an opportunity to get out of it, but Stripling continued to struggle. Fortunately, the bullpen was able to shoulder the load for the pitching staff, and the deadly Dodgers’ offense struck again.
Stripling is the one pitcher in the rotation that has been off for the Dodgers in 2020. The Dodgers have a ton of depth, but Stripling is doing a good job trying to take himself out of the rotation. If his issues continue, a trip to the bullpen might be in his best interest.
Tony Gonsolin is a reliever that might be able to steal his starting job. Despite the poor outing from Stripling, the Dodgers stormed back to win 11-9. A 5-run inning in the 7th, highlighted by a 2-run bomb by Enrique Hernandez, to go ahead 11-8.
The Mariners had the tying run at first with no outs on the board in the final frame, but Kenley Jansen was able to work himself out of the jam. There wasn’t any panic for Jansen after he put two runners on. He calmly recorded the next three outs and the Dodgers went home with a 11-9 victory. Stripling got away with that one, but concern still remains for him.
The Astros helped the Dodgers out with a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rockies last night. The Dodgers have a three-game advantage on the Rockies in the NL West. It was only last week that the Rockies had a slim lead on the Dodgers in the division.
However, it’s no surprise to see the Dodgers strike fast and put some room between them and the Rockies. Gonsolin, who is coming off his first start of the season, is expected for the Dodgers today. Mariners’ No. 1 Marco Gonzales, is expected to counter for the Mariners. Head below for our free Seattle Mariners vs. LA Dodgers pick for August 18, 2020.
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Tony Gonsolin has impressed in two starts for the Dodgers. Originally slated to stay in the bullpen, Gonsolin was too impressive to keep out of the starting rotation. He received a couple of spot starts, and gets rewarded for his good work with another start on Tuesday. Gonsolin hasn’t allowed a run through 8.2 innings of play in 2020.
He owns an ERA of 0.00 and 0.69 WHIP going into today. Batters are hitting just .171 against Gonsolin thus far. As a rookie in 2019, Gonsolin got his feet wet with six starts and five appearances as a reliever.
He was strong in both regards, with an ERA of 2.93 and 1.03 WHIP through 40 innings of work. Gonsolin could work out to be the Dodgers’ x-factor in the postseason. He’s flexible and could be used as a starter or go-to reliever out of the pen.
It’s always nice pitching for a team that is likely to provide nice run support. Stripling knows all about that. The Dodgers are first in the major leagues with 5.79 runs scored per game. In their previous three games, the Dodgers have notched 8.33 runs per game. They scored 11 runs last night without relying on Mookie Betts going deep as well.
Mind you, Betts brought home two runners on a single for another productive night on 2-for-5 hitting. He and Fernando Tatis Jr. are trading spots in the spotlight in California. Betts and the Dodgers will look to knock around Marco Gonzales tonight.
Gonzales is coming off a poor performance versus the Astros. The ‘Stros got to Gonzalez in 4.1 innings for 5 hits and 3 earned runs. This was after he was efficient with 3 hits and no earned runs against the Angels in his opener this season.
I would not want to be standing in front of the Dodgers lineup right now. Gonzales might be able to hold up alright for a few innings, but I’m not confident in the Seattle bullpen at all. The Dodgers covered the runline with Stripling getting hammered on Monday. Gonsolin likely provides a better effort, while the offense continues to roll at Dodger Stadium in this one.