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47 Gio Gonzalez SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 9/19/1985 | Birthplace: Hialeah, FL | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $6,350,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/68 | Average Draft Position: 95.31
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Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez rebounds by shutting down Mets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) There are bounce-back games and there are bounce-back games. Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez rebounded like Bill Russell on Saturday.

Gonzalez was coming off a defeat to Miami in which he allowed 10 hits and six runs in five innings when he pitched Saturday against the hot Mets. And he shut them out through seven, yielding six hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.

The left-hander gave up two hits and a walk in the first before settling down. He allowed more than one baserunner in an inning only once the rest of the way.

Gonzalez, whose ERA fell from 5.01 to 3.86, will seek to shrink it further Friday against Atlanta.


Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister to pitch Saturday, Sunday for Nationals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) With Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (thumb) set to rejoin the rotation Friday against the Mets, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister are getting pushed back in the rotation. Gonzalez will start Saturday and Fister will pitch Sunday.

Gonzalez is 1-2 with a 5.01 ERA through four starts, while Fister is 1-1 with a 3.28 ERA through four starts.


Nationals' Gio Gonzalez surrenders six runs in loss vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez took the loss Sunday, giving up six earned runs on 10 hits and one walk in five-plus innings while racking up eight strikeouts in his team's 6-2 defeat against the Marlins.

Gonzalez (1-2) pitched three scoreless innings but surrendered a bases-loaded triple in the fourth to fall behind for good. He gave up another RBI triple during a two-run fifth inning, and the Marlins added one more run in the sixth after the starter was removed earlier in the inning.

Gonzalez owns a 5.01 ERA and 22:11 K:BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Mets Friday in New York.


Nationals' Gio Gonzalez pitches six shutout innings in no decision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez pitched six shutout innings but left with a no decision on Tuesday. 

Gonzalez scattered eight hits and four walks, striking out four. He threw 67 strikes in 107 pitches. 

Gonzalez next starts on Sunday against Miami and Dan Haren. 


Nationals' Gonzalez owns 1.17 ERA in three starts vs. Cardinals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) It has not been a smooth start to the season for Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who has a 5.11 ERA after two starts. He is back on the mound Tuesday against the Cardinals for his third start of the season, and perhaps facing St. Louis will get the lefty back on track.

Gonzalez has had pretty good success against St. Louis over the last three seasons. He is 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in three starts against the Cardinals. He has not allowed more than two runs in any of those outings, while posting a 21-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Cardinals enter play Tuesday with 43 runs, which is tied for the eighth-lowest total in the majors.


Nationals LHP Gonzalez merely mediocre in Wednesday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Nationals southpaw Gio Gonzalez pitched worse Wednesday than he did in a defeat in his first start of the season. This time, however, he gained a victory.

Gonzalez benefitted from an offensive explosion against Boston to even his record. But he surrendered four earned runs on six hits in six innings, walking two and fanning six along the way. The big blow was a two-run homer by Hanley Ramirez in the fifth inning.

With an ERA hovering at a rather gaudy 5.11 and six walks allowed in 12 1/3 innings, Gonzalez will seek a second straight win Tuesday against St. Louis.


Xavier Cedeno costs Gio Gonzalez, Nationals a win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez left the mound in line for the win, but a rough night by reliever Xavier Cedeno ended up giving Gonzalez the defeat. 

Gonzalez gave up five hits and four walks in six and a third innings. He left with the bases loaded, still leading the Phillies 1-0. 

"I was trying to be too perfect. I walked people, hit a guy. Just when you think you are on a fast pace, they slow you down and that's what happened," Gonzalez said per MLB.com. "I was nitpicking the corners. They kept fouling off pitches. They worked the count pretty well. I did a good job, but at the end of the day, they battled and they did a great job."

Cedeno gave up a single and a hit batter to the only two Phillies' batters he faced, allowing two runs to score. Craig Stammen allowed a single and a sacrifice fly, leaving Gonzalez with three runs allowed. 

Gonzalez next starts on Wednesday, at Boston against Wade Miley. 


Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez ends the spring with 2.79 ERA


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez pitched well in his final spring start Tuesday against the Mets, even though he ended up as the losing pitcher in a 2-0 win for New York. Gonzalez (0-2) allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings.

Gonzalez traded zeroes with Jonathon Niese before Ruben Tejada broke open a scoreless game with an RBI groundout in the top of the fifth inning. John Mayberry extended the lead to two runs with a solo home run off Gonzalez leading off the sixth inning.

Gonzalez, who is slated to make his first start of the regular season April 10 against the Phillies, finishes the spring with a 2.79 ERA in five starts. He also had 19 strikeouts and seven walks in 19 1/3 innings.

"I'm ready to go," Gonzalez said, per MLB.com. "I'm excited. I'm ready to break with the team and have some fun and get ready for the season to go."


Nationals' Gio Gonzalez tosses five scoreless innings vs. Mets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez allowed just two hits and three walks in five scoreless innings while striking out five in Thursday's 8-3 loss to the Mets.

Gonzalez has held the opposition scoreless in three of his four spring outings while posting a 2.63 ERA and 13:6 K:BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings. He could make two more spring starts before making his regular-season debut.


Nats' Gio Gonzalez pleased after strong start


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/19/2015) Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez tossed four solid inninngs Thursday against the Tigers, a positive sign for the pitcher after battling injuries for the past two seasons, according to MLB.com. 

In the 0-0, 10-inning tie, Gonzalez allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out five hitters. 

"There's a lot to be excited [about, a] lot to learn from this, but the most I'm taking out of this is how my arm feels," Gonzalez said. "It feels fantastic. I'm so excited about it."


Nationals may roll with same spring rotation to start the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams has yet to decide who his Opening Day starter will be, but CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman suggests he'll keep his "ridiculously stacked pitching rotation" the way he has during spring straining, with former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer the likely choice for the first game of the season.

The Nationals have rolled with Scherzer followed by Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez this spring.


Nationals manager Matt Williams still weighing options for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams has not decided on who his Opening Day starter will be, noting that all five of his pitchers -- Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez -- deserve a chance, per MLB.com.

"A lot goes into it," Williams said. "There's matchups. There is health in the spring. If anybody is a little bit cranky, we want to make sure we back off in that regard. There are three off-days leading up to the regular season. So if we have a hiccup here or there with anybody -- we saw that with Doug last year. … All those things go into it. Track record goes into, knowledge of the [the opponents].

"How they line up is irrelevant when you get past the first [turn through the] rotation anyway," Williams said. "But it's an honor for the guy that's gets chosen [for the Opening Day] start. Everybody wants to get off on the right foot in your first game -- great momentum and all those wonderful things. But if you don't win that first game, it doesn't mean you are dead. You go to the next one."


Nationals' Gio Gonzalez on debut: 'My shoulder felt great'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings while striking out one in his spring debut Tuesday, saying that his "shoulder felt great," MLB.com reports.

"My arm felt fantastic. My shoulder felt great," Gonzalez said. "I wasn't thinking about pitch count or anything like that. I was just going out there and attacking the strike zone."

Gonzalez, who dealt with shoulder discomfort last season, threw just 19 pitches across his two innings of work, 15 for strikes. He then threw an additional 15 pitches in the bullpen after leaving the game.


Gio Gonzalez allows two unearned runs, Nationals eliminated


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez wasn't a factor in Tuesday's decision after allowing two unearned runs on four hits and one walk in four innings while striking out one in his team's 3-2 Game 4 defeat against the Giants, which eliminated the Nationals from the playoffs.

Gonzalez committed an error in the second inning before walking in a run with the bases loaded and watching another come home on a groundout. He settled down to pitch two perfect innings before being removed for a pinch hitter. Gonzalez fared better than during his first postseason experience in 2012, when he posted a 4.50 ERA while walking 11 batters in 10 innings during another Nationals NLDS loss.


Gio Gonzalez sets a career high in Ks Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez struck out a career-high 12 and allowed only one hit in a win over the Mets in his final start of the season Thursday night, improving to 10-10 on the year. He issued two walks and did not permit a run over seven innings of a 3-0 victory.

Gonzalez ends his regular season with a 3.57 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and a 162:56 K:BB ratio over 158 2/3 innings.


Nationals set end-of-season rotation plans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) The Nationals announced the team's rotation plans after Wednesday's game was rained out.

Blake Treinen will pitch the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets followed by Gio Gonzalez, who was scheduled to pitch Wednesday. On Friday, Doug Fister and Taylor Hill, who will be called up before the game, will pitch during the Nationals' second doubleheader in two days. Stephen Strasburg remains the probable starter for Saturday, while Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to pitch the season finale Sunday after having his previously scheduled start pushed back due to a shoulder issue.


Mets-Nationals postponed Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Wednesday's game between the Mets and Nationals has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The two teams will play a split doubleheader Thursday. The Nationals are also set to play a doubleheader Friday. Wednesday's scheduled starters were Dillon Gee and Gio Gonzalez, and both figure to appear during Thursday's doubleheader.


Gio Gonzalez goes seven innings strong in win over Miami


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez gave his team seven innings strong in a win over the Marlins in Miami on Thursday, improving to 9-10 on the year. He allowed two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out five over seven innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 19 2/3 innings, Gonzalez has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 3.74 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 26 starts (151 2/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against the Mets.

Blake Treinen in, Gio Gonzalez out as Wednesday starter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The clinching of a division title Tuesday night could result in sweeping changes in the Nationals lineup Wednesday in Atlanta. Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez has already been scratched in favor of Blake Treinen.

Treinen started five games in May and June with great success. He yielded just eight runs in 26 2/3 innings and owns a 2.35 ERA on the year despite a 1-3 record.


Gio Gonzalez drops his 10th game Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez had some trouble Friday against the Mets.

Gonzalez allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one during the outing. Three of those runs came in the first inning. Gonzalez gave up a single, hit a batter and walked another to load the bases. Travis d’Arnaud then managed to clear the bases after a three-run double. One run managed to score on an error, and wasn’t charged to Gonzalez. Gonzalez settled in at that point, tossing three straight scoreless innings. He gave up another run in the fifth inning after allowing a single and a double to open the frame.

With the loss, Gonzalez dropped to 8-10. He’ll take on the Braves in his next start. 


Gio Gonzalez goes six strong innings


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/7/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs, one earned, over six innings in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Phillies. Improving to 8-9, Gonzalez scattered five hits while fanning three and walking none. He lowered his ERA to 3.78.

Having gone at least six innings in four straight starts, Gonzalez will face the Mets in New York on Friday.


Gio Gonzalez gives up three runs in win vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez earned a win Monday, surrendering three earned runs on three hits and two walks in six-plus innings while striking out four in his team's 6-4 victory over the Dodgers.

Gonzalez (7-9) walked a batter with two outs in the first inning before serving up a two-run blast to fall behind. It was the only hit he allowed until the seventh inning, when the starter surrendered two singles to start the inning before being yanked. Gonzalez owns a 3.89 ERA and 135:53 K:BB ratio in 132 innings. He's scheduled to face the Phillies Sunday.


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."