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47 Gio Gonzalez SP
Height/Weight: 6-1/205 | Birthdate: 9/19/1985 | Birthplace: Hialeah, FL | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $6,350,000 | Owned/Started%: 95/67 | Average Draft Position: 57.13
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Gio Gonzalez can't win despite quality start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) 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
(8/21/2014) 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
(8/17/2014) 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
(8/16/2014) 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
(8/10/2014) 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.


Gio Gonzalez gives up four runs in loss vs. Mets Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez was charged with a loss Tuesday after giving up four earned runs on six hits and two walks in six-plus innings and striking out six in his team's 6-1 defeat against the Mets.

Gonzalez (6-8) has now lost three straight outings and is 0-4 in his last five starts. He gave up a run in the first inning and another in the second before clamping down until the seventh, when he put two on base before exiting. Both runners would come around to score, leaving Gonzalez with a 4.01 ERA and 106:41 K:BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Braves Sunday.


Gio Gonzalez has another short, disastrous outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) For the second time in his last three starts, Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez was hit hard and was unable to make it past the fourth inning. He dropped to 6-7 on the year Thursday night at home against Philadelphia. The southpaw coughed up five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two over 3 2/3 innings of a 10-4 defeat.

Gonzalez has not won a decision since July 5 against the Cubs. He owns a 3.88 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 17 starts (97 1/3 innings). He will try to pick up the pieces in his next start on Saturday at home against Seattle.

Gio Gonzalez bounces back, still takes tough-luck loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (6-6) bounced back with a dominant outing but was not backed by any run-support in a tough-luck loss to the Reds in Cincinnati on Saturday. The left-handed permitted one run on four hits and two walks while striking out eight over seven innings of a 1-0 defeat.

Gonzalez has not won a decision since July 5 against the Cubs. Over his last three turns covering 17 innings, he has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 3.56 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 16 starts (93 2/3 innings). His next start will come Thursday at home against Philadelphia.

Gio Gonzalez has shortest start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez had his shortest start of the season Sunday during a no-decision against the Brewers. A high pitch count forced Gonzalez from the game after 3 1/3 innings.

The left-handed hurler, who tossed 88 pitches, allowed three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out five. He tossed two scoreless innings before giving up two runs in the third inning. He was charged with allowing another run in the fourth inning, as Milwaukee took a 3-1 lead.

He was off the hook for the loss as Washington rallied for a 5-4 win. Gonzalez is set to return to action Saturday at Cincinnati. Gonzalez is 3-4 with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts on the road.


Scheduling snafu forces Nationals rotation juggle


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) The Nationals made a slight change to the rotation for this weekend's series against the Brewers, after Gio Gonzalez was late arriving to Washington following the All-Star break.

Gonzalez could not get to Washington in time to throw his usual between-starts bullpen session, so he has been pushed back one day in the rotation, reports the Washignton Post. He will now start Sunday to close out the series, with Tanner Roark pitching Saturday.

The move also pushed Doug Fister back to Monday's series opener against the Rockies. 


Nationals map out rotation plans for start of second half


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams announced following Sunday's game against the Phillies that starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg will start the second-half opener Friday against the Brewers. He will be followed by Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister in the three-game series.

Williams added Jordan Zimmermann, who left his last start Friday due to a biceps injury, will throw on the side Thursday. If all goes well, then he could rejoin the rotation July 21 at Colorado. Tanner Roark is expected to start either July 21 or July 22 depending on Zimmermann's status.


Gio Gonzalez loses game, and scoreless streak Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez was unable to pick up a win Thursday against the Orioles.

Gonzalez gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out seven during the appearance. Gonzalez was tagged by Baltimore early. Steve Pearce belted a solo home run in the first inning, snapping Gonzalez’s scoreless streak at 22 innings. 

He later found himself in trouble in the third inning. After getting two outs, Gonzalez struggled. He walked Nick Markakis, and then allowed three hits, which drove in three runs. Gonzalez tossed 109 pitches during the start.

The loss dropped Gonzalez to 6-5 on the year. He’ll make his next start shortly after the All-Star break. 


Gio Gonzalez goes eight scoreless Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez tossed eight scoreless innings Saturday against the Cubs.

Gonzalez allowed just four hits and one walk during the appearance. He struck out seven hitters. Gonzalez threw 109 innings during the start. With the start, Gonzalez has now thrown 22 consecutive scoreless innings. The win brings Gonzalez to 6-4 on the year. His next start is slated to come against the Orioles. 


Gio Gonzalez has second straight strong start Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) What was one strong start for Nationals right-hander Gio Gonzalez is now two and might be considered a trend. Gonzalez was lights-out Saturday again against the host Cubs.

Gonzalez turned in his finest effort of the season with seven shutout innings on two measly singles. He walked two and fanned seven. He was coming off a six-inning blanking of Milwaukee. His ERA has dropped under 4.00 for the first time since May 11

He will attempt to maintain his momentum with another start against the Cubs next week.


Gio Gonzalez tosses six scoreless innings in win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez earned a win Monday after giving up three hits and four walks in six scoreless innings and striking out five in his team's 3-0 victory over the Brewers.

Gonzalez (4-4) was a little shaky last week in his first start back from the disabled list, but the results were much better Monday despite the pitcher issuing four free passes. He owns a 4.38 ERA and 64:27 K:BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings. Gonzalez is on track to face the Cubs Saturday.


Gio Gonzalez says he's good to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez said he's over a shoulder issue following Wednesday's game, according to The Washington Post.

Gonzalez took some time off to rehab after the team found some inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He's been adamant that the injury hasn't bothered him during rehab starts. Manager Matt Williams said Gonzalez tried to talk him into going another inning, but Williams decided against it."I think he felt fine, which is the most important thing," Williams said. "He wanted to go out for one more inning, but we couldn’t let him do that. So, I think overall his health is good."


GIo Gonzalez strikes out six in return from disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez didn't record a decision in his return from the disabled list Wednesday after giving up four earned runs on five hits and three walks in five innings and striking out six in his team's 6-5 win over the Astros.

Gonzalez gave up 12 runs in 7 1/3 innings in his two starts before going on the disabled list with shoulder soreness a month ago, but he fared better Wednesday, though he was still in line for a loss before the offense rescued him late in the game. He owns a 4.85 ERA and 59:23 K:BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. Gonzalez is on track to face the Brewers Monday.


Nationals activate Gio Gonzalez for Wednesday start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) The Nationals activated Gio Gonzalez (shoulder soreness) from the disabled list, and he'll start Wednesday night against the Astros. Gonzalez, who last pitched May 17, is 3-4 with a 4.62 ERA in nine starts.

Nationals manager confirms rotation plans for Astros series


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed Sunday starting pitcher Tanner Roark will take the hill Tuesday against the Astros and starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez will come off the disabled list to make his return Wednesday, per The Washington Post.

Tanner Roark to start Tuesday, Gio Gonzalez likely back Wed.


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark said he's slated to start Tuesday against the Astros, which means starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) is expected to return from the disabled list Wednesday, per The Washinngton Post.

Gio Gonzalez on track to return June 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez is on track to return to action June 17, according to MASN.

Gonzalez has been able to get through his rehab starts, and has not experienced any setbacks. If the Nationals choose to keep him on a normal schedule, Gonzalez would return to action June 17 against the Astros. 

Gonzalez has a 4.62 ERA over 50 2/3 innings. He's been sidelined with shoulder soreness. 


Gio Gonzalez Ks seven in final rehab start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) made his final minor-league rehab start with Class A Potomac Thursday. Gonzalez pitched four innings and yielded one run on two hits, with four walks and seven strikeouts. He tossed 79 pitches.

Barring any setbacks, Gonzalez is expected to return to the Nationals next week.

Gio Gonzalez set to make Class A rehab start Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez is scheduled to make a rehab start with high Class A Potomac Thursday, MLB.com reports.

If things go well with the outing, Gonzalez will return to the Nationals next week. He's working his way back from a shoulder injury that has kept him out since May 17.


Gio Gonzalez set for another Class A rehab start next week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez will make another rehab start with Class A Potomac next week, MLB.com reports.

Gonzalez needs to show better command after walking four batters and giving up seven hits in 3 2/3 innings Friday. He has been out since mid-May with a shoulder injury.


Gio Gonzalez rusty in rehab debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez took an important step in his recovery from a shoulder injury Friday, as he made his first rehab start at Class A Potomac.

Gonzalez tossed 65 pitches in the outing, but showed some rust in his first game action since May 17. Gonzalez threw only 34 of those pitches for strikes. He walked four batters and hit one, while allowing eight runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings of work.

Gonzalez was initially expected to need just one rehab outing, and it is not clear how Friday's struggles will impact that timeline. He told MLB.com a decision will likely be made Saturday, depending on how his arm responds to the workload.

"I'll talk to Matty and talk to [pitching coach Steve] McCatty and see where we'll go," he said. "If they think you're ready go, hopefully I'll meet the guys out in San Francisco, but that's a discussion I would have to finish up with them to see what they want. Maybe they feel I might need one more start down here. I'll find out [Saturday]."