|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||200.00||15.00||10.00||0.00||3.33||1.23||200.00||73.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs LHB|| 29.2||0||0|| 4.85||0||13||34|
|vs RHB|| 96.1||0||0|| 3.55||0||38||97|
|Last 10 Games|
|Gio Gonzalez can't win despite quality start |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(8/26/14) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez turned in a quality start Tuesday against the Phillies.
Gonzalez allowed three runs on six hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked one during the outing. Home runs proved to be the difference for Gonzalez. He was strong early on, tossing four scoreless innings to open the game. Gonzalez started giving up runs in the fifth. Grady Sizemore tripled to lead off the inning, and Freddy Galvis followed it up with a two-run shot. Gonzalez was able to settle in for the rest of the inning. The long ball struck again in the sixth. Cody Asche belted a solo shot to give the Phillies a three-run lead.
The Nationals managed to battle back, giving Gonzalez a no-decision. He’ll take on the Dodgers in the next start.
|Gio Gonzalez tosses fantastic start, but can't win |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(8/21/14) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez turned in a fantastic start Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Gonzalez allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked three during the outing. Gonzalez did a good job limiting the Diamondbacks early. He was able to get through the first two innings by facing the minimum six batters. He did allow a hit in the second, but got out of it with a double-play. Gonzalez was also challenged in the third, putting the first two men on. After a sac bunt moved them into scoring position, Gonzalez was able to keep them from scoring. He loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but was able to get Cliff Pennington to pop out to end the threat.
Gonzalez was matched by Wade Miley throughout the start, and ultimately wound up with a no-decision. He'll take on the Phillies in his next start.
|Poor curveball command hurting Gio Gonzalez |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(8/17/14) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez's string of rough starts continued Saturday against the Pirates, as the left-hander lasted just five innings in a no-decision. Gonzalez is winless in his last seven starts, going 0-5 with a 5.20 ERA.
Nationals manager Matt Williams said Gonzalez's struggles are related to his lack of command with his curveball.
"He’ll continue to work on it," Williams said, per The Washington Post. "Next time out, hopefully he’s got that. But his next ‘pen will be really important for him to establish that slot and command with the curveball. If he doesn’t have it, the other team can just eliminate it from their thought process. It makes it more difficult for him to get guys out. He’ll work on it hard next time he throws a ‘pen."
The curveball has been Gonzalez's go-to pitch. In 2012, his curveball was worth 10.2 runs better than average, and 7.7 runs last season, according to FanGraphs.com. In 2014, it is only worth 1.2 runs more than average.
"It’s just trying to find a feel for it," he said. "And so far, it’s just I’ve got to keep working at it. Maybe something will click."
|Gio Gonzalez strikes out seven vs. Pirates |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(8/16/14) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez didn't factor into the decision Saturday after giving up three earned runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings and striking out seven in his team's 4-3 win over the Pirates.
Gonzalez gave up all three runs in the third inning, and his outing was a short one after taking 102 pitches to get through five frames. He took the loss in four straight starts before Saturday's no-decision. Gonzalez owns a 4.06 ERA and 121:47 K:BB ratio in 113 innings. He's scheduled to face the Diamondbacks Thursday.
|Gio Gonzalez can't solve the Braves in Atlanta |
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(8/10/14) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez failed to make it past the fifth inning and took the loss Sunday night in Atlanta, dropping to 6-9 on the season. The left-hander permitted two runs on six hits and four walks while striking out eight over 4 2/3 innings of a 3-1 defeat.
Gonzalez has not won a decision since July 5 against the Cubs. Since his last win, he is 0-5 with a 5.17 ERA in six starts. He will look to bounce back Saturday at home against Pittsburgh.
|Coming off a 21-win season in 2012, Gio Gonzalez was a hot commodity on Draft Day 2013. On average in 12-team formats, Gonzalez was being drafted toward the end of the third round. While it was hard to expect Gonzalez to be a 20-game winner again, the expectations were high since he averaged 17 wins from 2010-12 and the Nationals were expected to be contenders. Unfortunately, the Nationals didn't quite meet expectations and Gonzalez saw a steep drop-off in wins (11), despite finishing with the 16th-best run support average (4.69) for qualifying starters. However, Gonzalez did pitch well down the stretch, going 4-2 with a 1.99 ERA in his last six starts, so if the Nationals play up to expectations in 2014, then Gonzalez has a good chance to increase his win total. Gonzalez posted a respectable 3.36 ERA and 1.25 WHIP last season, while striking out 192 batters in 195 2/3 innings. He still walked plenty of batters (3.5 BB/9), but that's to be expected from the left-hander. Gonzalez is more of an early-to-mid-round pick this spring.
(Updated 1/10/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|8/30/14||@ SEA||9:10 pm||Roenis Elias|
|8/31/14||@ SEA||4:10 pm||Hisashi Iwakuma|
|9/1/14||@ LAD||8:10 pm||Roberto Hernandez|
|9/2/14||@ LAD||10:10 pm||Clayton Kershaw|
|9/3/14||@ LAD||3:10 pm||Dan Haren|
|9/5/14||PHI||7:05 pm||Jerome Williams|
|9/6/14||PHI||4:05 pm||A.J. Burnett|
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