Gonzalez's struggles continued Thursday against Minnesota, as he allowed nine hits and five walks in just 4.2 innings. Gonzalez's third start was a continuation of his poor season, as he entered the start with 12 hits and four walks allowed in just 5.2 innings over two starts. Texas' rotation is in shambles at the moment, but it's all but certain that Gonzalez is on thin ice with Yu Darvish expected to return shortly after the All-Star break.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister confirmed Gonzalez would start Thursday against the Twins, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Gonzalez will get a shot at redemption against the Twins after failing to get out of the first inning in his last outing Saturday, during which he surrendered four runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks. It won't take much for Gonzalez to turn in a better performance the second time around, but as a starter who pitches to contact rather than generating swings and misses, his margin for error figures to be slim most every time he takes the mound.
Manager Jeff Banister said Sunday that Gonzalez is expected to make another start Thursday against the Twins, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Gonzalez's hold on a rotation spot appeared tenuous after he failed to get out of the first inning during Saturday's loss to the Twins, giving up four runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks while recording only two outs. Some poor defense from his mates contributed to Gonzalez's demise, so the Rangers will give him another shot against those same Twins to prove that his last outing was just a fluke. While better results can probably be expected a second time around, Gonzalez doesn't profile as an especially appealing fantasy option given his lack of swing-and-miss stuff. He accrued a 3.90 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 30:32 K:BB ratio over 67 innings at Triple-A Round Rock prior to his promotion to the big leagues.
Gonzalez (0-1) couldn't get out of the first inning in a 17-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday, surrendering four runs (one earned) on two hits and a pair of walks while only recording two outs. Gonzalez was up to 38 pitches by the time he got the hook, in what was a disastrous opening frame. A leadoff double by Eduardo Nunez was followed by a Joe Mauer walk, and after the latter reached second on an error by Roughned Odor, Max Kepler beat out a fielder's choice at first. Edwin Escobar and Juan Centeno subsequently plated three additional runs through a fielder's choice and single, respectively, sending the 24-year-old righty to the showers early. Gonzalez has now given up nine runs (six earned) on 12 hits and four walks over 5.2 innings in his two starts in 2016. He'll take another crack at the Twins next Thursday.
Gonzalez took a no-decision on Monday, surrendering five runs in five innings against the Yankees. He gave up 10 hits, walked two, and struck out two. Gonzalez posted a 3.90 ERA in the Major Leagues a season ago, but has not had the same level of success at Triple-A this season. The 24-year-old registered a 5.04 ERA for Triple-A Round Rock in 14 starts before joining the Rangers. If he sticks around Texas, his next start will come Saturday against the Twins.