In each of his first three seasons with the Orioles, Miguel Gonzalez was able to overcome his homer-proneness and put up ERAs under 4.00. Last season, the long ball got the better of Gonzalez, as he allowed a career-high 1.5 home runs per nine innings and finished with a 4.91 ERA. Even if Gonzalez improves, he has never pitched as many as 175 innings in any season, so he has limited appeal for mixed league owners. He's no more than a late-round option in AL-only leagues.
Gonzalez agreed to a one-year, $5.1 million contract with the Orioles on Friday to avoid arbitration, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. Gonzalez couldn't follow up 2014 with another successful campaign in 2015, finishing with an ERA over one run higher than the previous season. Despite the downturn, the 30-year-old enters 2016 securely in the middle of the Orioles' starting rotation.
Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez (9-12) couldn't get out of the fourth inning Wednesday against the Jays, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out three in a blowout loss. And so ends a brutal season for the 31-year-old righty, who returned from a month-long DL stint due to a shoulder injury to make one final ineffective start. After three straight seasons with an ERA of 3.78 or better to open his career, Gonzalez finishes 2015 with a number of career worsts, including a 4.91 ERA, a 5.01 FIP, a 1.40 WHIP, a 3.17 BB/9 and a 1.53 HR/9. Those stats will make him an unappealing option for next year's drafts; after all, he'd always been a guy whose peripherals were much uglier than his standard stats. Now they're approximately equally ugly.
Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will start Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays, CSN's Rich Dubroff reports. He will indeed just move back to start the first game of the twin bill, as will Toronto's Marcus Stroman, after Tuesday's game was rained out. Kevin Gausman and R.A. Dickey will follow in Game 2.
Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez (shoulder) came through Wednesday's simulated game unscathed, and plans to throw a bullpen session Saturday before potentially rejoining the rotation Tuesday, Rich Dubroff of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. With the season's end right around the corner, it's possible Gonzalez will make two starts before the season completes, with his second turn potentially coming the last day of the regular season if he indeed starts Tuesday.
Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez (shoulder) likely won't be ready to start this upcoming weekend, per manager Buck Showalter, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports. Gonzalez is slated to face live hitters Wednesday in an effort to determine whether he'll be ready to pitch over the weekend, but at this point it appears Showalter is not overly optimistic. Look out for a more definitive update Wednesday afternoon.