Gonzalez allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against Cleveland. After a rough June (6.83 ERA, 15 walks in 27 innings), Gonzalez has righted the ship in July, as he now has three quality starts in four outings this month. Unfortunately, a Jonathan Papelbon blown save kept him out of consideration for the win Tuesday night. He'll try to keep things going next time out Sunday in San Francisco.
Gonzalez (6-8) turned in six strong innings Wednesday, limiting the Dodgers to one run on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts in an 8-1 win. Startlingly, this outing was the lefty's best in two full months, dating back to May 18, the last time he gave up just one run in a start. After that game, his ERA sat at 1.86; following Wednesday's start, it's 4.53. Sharper control was the key to this one -- he'd walked three or more in five of six starts coming in -- but it's been tough to rely on Gio to maintain that efficiency from start to start.
Gonzalez (5-8) gave up two runs on four hits and four walks over 5.2 innings Sunday, striking out three, to pick up the win over the Mets. He needed 108 pitches to get through those 5,2 frames (62 strikes) and Gonzalez has now walked at least three batters in five of his last six starts, posting a 6.40 ERA and 33:20 K:BB in 32.1 innings over that stretch. He'll try to use the All-Star break to clear his head and make whatever mechanical tweaks are necessary to find the plate a little more often.
Gonzalez (4-8) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers. Despite the quality start, Gonzalez dropped his seventh game in his last eight decisions. The southpaw continued to have trouble commanding his pitches on Tuesday, allowing three-plus walks for the fourth time in his last five starts. Gonzalez's lack of control has pushed his pitch count over 100 in a majority of starts, and has limited him to less than seven innings in all but two outings this season. He'll get one more crack at it before the break when he takes the hill Sunday against the Mets.
Gonzalez (4-7) allowed four runs on six hits over six innings in Thursday's win against the Reds. He walked four and struck out nine. You could hear fantasy owners around the globe exhale after this one, as Gonzalez was 0-6 with an 8.44 ERA in his previous seven starts. Despite notching his first win since May 18, the left-hander was less than impressive in his final outing of the month. Gonzalez will gladly welcome July after posting a horrendous 7.16 ERA in six June starts. These numbers are particularly concerning when considering that, over the past three seasons, Gonzalez has been more dominant in June than any other month.