It’s time we begin paying extra consideration to Tony Gonsolin

Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin has come charging into the Cy Younger dialogue.
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Let’s begin speaking about Tony Gonsolin for the Nationwide League Cy Younger Award.

Following his win in opposition to the Brewers on Tuesday night time, Gonsolin is now an NL-best 16-1, with an additionally NL-best 2.10 ERA. He leads the Nationwide League in WHIP (0.86) and leads the whole majors in opponent’s batting common (.169).

On Tuesday, Gonsolin went up in opposition to a fellow Cy Younger candidate in Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes. Gonsolin pitched 5 innings of one-run baseball, permitting simply three hits. Burnes, the reigning NL Cy Younger holder, gave up seven earned runs and didn’t get out of the fourth. It was essentially the most runs he’s allowed in an outing all season. And Tuesday wasn’t the primary time this week the Dodger bats took down a Cy Younger contender.

On Sunday, the Dodgers bought to Cy Younger favourite Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in what was by far his worst outing of the season. Alcantara allowed a season-high 10 hits and 6 runs and pitched a season-low 3.2 innings. It was simply his second begin all yr wherein he didn’t go no less than 5 innings, and within the different he went 4 and two-thirds. Alcantara entered that begin with an NL-best 1.92 ERA. He left with a 2.19 ERA, good for second behind Gonsolin.

The Dodger bats have undoubtedly helped Gonsolin’s case this week. However you may argue he doesn’t even want it. Gonsolin has been nearly untouchable all season lengthy. He’s allowed two or fewer earned runs in all however three of his begins, and people three got here back-to-back-to-back, proper earlier than, and after, the All-Star break. He allowed 12 whole earned runs throughout these three games. In his 20 different begins mixed, he’s allowed a complete of 18 earned runs.

Gonsolin has 12 begins this yr wherein he bought the win and allowed three or fewer hits. No pitcher within the fashionable period has had extra such begins in a single season. Gonsolin has additionally taken no-hit bids into the sixth and seventh innings this yr, and has seven begins wherein he didn’t permit a run. He’s been lights out all season lengthy.

One factor that may hurt Gonsolin down the stretch is his workload management. Gonsolin has already shattered his career-high in innings pitched. This year he’s thrown 126 and a third innings. Last year, he threw a then career-high 55 and two-thirds innings. Gonsolin was removed from Tuesday’s game after just 77 pitches, and could see a lot more starts like that to keep his arm fresh for the postseason.

Alcantara has already thrown over 50 more innings than Gonsolin this season and, barring an injury, that number likely won’t shrink. But Sunday’s beatdown definitely made things more interesting, and Gonsolin’s impressive start on Tuesday only furthered that.

The Dodgers will have another chance to tighten the gap this weekend, as they’re scheduled to face Alcantara on Saturday in Miami. Another bad outing will almost certainly catapult Gonsolin into the top spot, or, at the very least, make things really, really close. But as good as Gonsolin has been this season, he may not even need the help.

If Gonsolin continues to do what he’s done all year, there’s a good chance he joins Clayton Kershaw as the only active Dodger with a Cy Young trophy to his name. Not bad for a guy who entered the season with just 142 and two-thirds innings pitched across his three-year career.

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