Just four years ago, Gio Gonzalez was winning 21 games for the Nationals, and the 30-year-old still has the same strikeout-per-inning stuff he had then. The difference now is ... well, maybe there isn't any. Gonzalez's FIP has held relatively steady since that 21-win season, so more than anything, his luck has changed. Yeah, that 1.42 WHIP he put together last year is a big departure from previous years, but it was because he gave up more hits, not more walks. His .341 BABIP only furthers the point that he didn't get as much help from his defense as usual. He'll never be lucky enough to win 21 games again, especially since his higher-than-average strikeout and walk rates limit him to about six innings at a time, but if he bounces back with Francisco Liriano-like numbers, it wouldn't be so surprising, making him a worthy middle-round gamble.
Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez (11-8) surrendered six hits, four earned runs and two walks over 4 2/3 innings in a 4-1 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday. He struck out six. Gonzalez had been in superb form in September coming into Tuesday's contest, with double-digit strikeouts in two of his previous three starts, along with a sparkling 1.49 ERA. As customary, Gonzalez was stingy with the long ball on Tuesday and he did manage to secure first-pitch strikes on 15 of the 23 hitters he faced. However, he was done in by the timely hitting of several members of the Orioles lineup and failed to reach the fifth inning in a start for the fifth time in 2015. Gonzalez is scheduled for one more trip to the mound before the conclusion of the season.
Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez will start Tuesday's game after his scheduled start Monday was rained out, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports. He'll thus take the mound with an extra day of rest, looking to continue what's been a strong September run. The Nats may choose to reshuffle their rotation after he goes.
Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez picked up his 11th win of the season Wednesday against the Phillies, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out a season-high 12. He's finishing up the regular season on a heater, as Gonzalez now has a 1.47 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 26:9 K:BB ratio over three September starts (18.1 innings).
Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez posted another fine outing on Friday, as he limited the Marlins to one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four and was able to keep his team in the game. However, the Nationals' offense was unable to provide much support as the Nationals were topped 2-1 and Gonzalez took a no-decision. After scuffling through most of August, Gonzalez is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA over his last three starts.
After a string of poor performances, Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez got back on the right track with an excellent outing on Saturday. Gonzalez blanked the Braves over six solid innings. He allowed two hits and four walks while striking out 10 in the 8-2 win. Gonzalez (10-7, 3.96) did a fine job of keeping the Braves off the scoreboard, getting timely groundballs and racking up the punchouts in this one. It was a much needed effort for Gonzalez, who came into the game with an ugly 8.35 ERA over his previous four starts.