Dodgers @ Braves June 26, 2022: Gonsolin vs. Strider in the rubber match

Tony Gonsolin, MLB’s ERA leader, is on the bump against Spencer Strider, a hard-throwing right-handed rookie for Atlanta.

After last night’s comeback that fell short, the Dodgers will need a win on Sunday Night Baseball to take the series from the defending World Series champions.

Gonsolin, believe it or not, has already surpassed his career-high in innings pitched at 68 1/3. Despite that, his peripherals are not the best has ever posted. He’s benefiting from a 90.9 LOB% and 42.9 GB%. His FIP is 3.44, which is solid, but he’s vastly outpitching it right now. There’s likely to be regression to the mean, but he’s been a bit of a godsend so far this season as the Dodgers have dealt with a myriad of injuries to the starting rotation.

Despite that, his Statcast numbers are still strong.

And then there’s this.

Never a bad thing to be mentioned in the same breath as Vida Blue.

Chris Taylor is getting the day off as he’s in the midst of a 1-for-15 mini slump. Eddy Alvarez and Zach McKinstry are manning the corner outfield spots. Everything else is status quo.

This game caps an emotional weekend for Freddie Freeman in his return to Atlanta. He’s 2-for-7 with a couple walks and four strikeouts. It could be a bit of nerves, but it’d be cool to see him finish the weekend with a bang.

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Some notes.

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David Price with the indisputably correct take.

Not sure why that’s so hard to comprehend.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.