Following their loss in Game 2 of the NLDS to the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made an announcement about who will be starting Game 3 of the series in San Diego on Friday night.
Roberts announced that the Dodgers would send All-Star right-hander Tony Gonsolin to the mound for Game 3.
The 28-year-old had been out since the end of August with a right forearm strain, but was activated and added to the Dodgers NLDS roster.
In 24 starts, Gonsolin went 16-1 and posted a 2.14 ERA through 130.1 innings of work.
He’ll be opposed by Blake Snell in Game 3, with a 2-1 series lead on the line.
Tony Gonsolin will start Game 3, Dave Roberts said.
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Gonsolin Gets Game 3
Gonsolin had been the Dodgers’ ace this season prior to the injury.
Because of the amount of time he missed, he no longer factors into the Cy Young race, despite his ERA being lower than that of left-hander Julio Urias, who posted a 2.16 ERA on the season and is considered a favorite to win the award in the National League.
But having him back gives the Dodgers a much-needed boost, especially after such a tough loss in Game 2.
This means that left-hander Tyler Anderson will get the ball in Game 4 of the series on Saturday, with a chance to either send the Dodgers to the NLCS or force a Game 5, depending on how Game 3 plays out.
Gonsolin was activated from the 15-Day Injured List on October 3, just before the start of the postseason.
For his career, Gonsolin is 1-2 in postseason play and has posted a 9.45 ERA through seven appearances and six starts.
He earned his first postseason win last year during the Dodgers’ run to the NLCS.
The Dodgers will look to him to help them gain a 2-1 advantage.