While pitching wins are becoming increasingly difficult to get for starters because of a wide array of reasons, losses are as easy to accumulate as ever.
All there is to do is have a bad first couple of innings and not have your offense on a good day: that could be enough to get an L.
Win-loss record is not what it used to be when it comes to evaluating pitching performance, but it’s still a stat worth taking a look at.
When it comes to avoiding losses, Los Angeles Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin is as good as they come.
It’s not necessarily a “skill” because it doesn’t entirely depend on him, but it’s cool to see him avoiding losses like the plague, per the below tweet by Codify Baseball.
Fewest losses in their last 50 starts
(active MLB starters, non-openers):
Tony Gonsolin, 6
Walker Buehler, 7
Michael Wacha, 7
Nathan Eovaldi, 8
Max Fried, 8
Clayton Kershaw, 8
Taijuan Walker, 9
Spencer Strider, 9
Nestor Cortes, 9
Tyler Glasnow, 9
Jacob deGrom, 9
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) September 20, 2023
Of course, it helps matters if you play in the most consistently good organization in the league.
However, Gonsolin has a career 3.19 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.
2023 hasn’t been as kind to him from an ERA standpoint (4.98), but he still has a positive 8-5 record.
Last year, he posted a solid 2.14 ERA and finished with a mind-blowing 16-1 record.
Skills-wise, Gonsolin is a very solid starting pitcher, even if he is not quite an ace.
In reality, he limits runs and hard contact, and combined with the excellent team surrounding him, that makes him extremely hard to beat.
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