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Gio Gonzalez | Starting Pitcher | #47

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 207
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / CWS
Contract: view contract details
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Gio Gonzalez had a rare off day in March in Sunday's loss, giving up five runs in five innings against the Astros.
Gonzalez entered with a 1.10 ERA in five starts this spring. He had allowed a total of 22 earned runs in 25 spring starts since 2013, so this one was truly unusual. Mar 26 - 4:03 PM

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Gio Gonzalez surrendered one run and three hits in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in the Nationals' 3-1 defeat of the Braves.

Gonzalez surrendered his second run of the spring, but he's still sitting pretty with a 1.10 ERA. We're not very high on his chances of providing mixed-league value this year.
Mar 21 - 4:18 PM

Gio Gonzalez pitched five hitless innings Thursday in the Nationals' 3-1 defeat of the Mets.

Gonzalez has cruised this spring, allowing one run and seven hits in 12 innings. Still, it shouldn't come as any big surprise; his worst ERA in the last five springs was 2.84. It's unlikely that he'll return to his past heights this season.
Mar 16 - 3:55 PM

Gio Gonzalez fired three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and one walk against the Cardinals on Saturday.

He has yet to allow a run this spring. He will be the Nationals' third or fourth starter at the start of the regular season. He made 32 starts last year and went 11-11 while posting a 4.57 ERA with 171 strikeouts in 177 1/3 innings.
Mar 4 - 3:44 PM

Gio Gonzalez drew the start and tossed one scoreless inning as the Nationals defeated the Mets 8-6 on Saturday.

He struck out one batter and didn't allow any hits. He has a rotation slot locked down and will gear up slowly for the regular season. The veteran's 4.57 ERA last season was his worst since 2009 with the Athletics. He gave up a career-high 19 home runs last season after allowing a remarkably-low eight longballs in 2015.
Feb 25 - 4:53 PM

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Nationals are telling teams they would make Gio Gonzalez available if they trade for Chris Sale.

It makes sense, as the Nationals could simply use Joe Ross as their fifth starter. Gonzalez had his $12 million option for 2017 picked up after putting up a shaky 4.57 ERA over 177 2/3 innings this past season, but the Nationals probably won't have much of an issue moving him with such a weak free agent market for starting pitchers.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 12:42:00 PM

Nationals exercised their $12 million option on LHP Gio Gonzalez.

This wasn't an easy call for the Nats after Gonzalez posted a rough 4.57 ERA across 177 2/3 innings in 2016, but it's a weak free agent class and he does give the club some rotation insurance leading into 2017. Gonzalez is only 31 years old and registered an excellent 3.31 ERA in 187 starts between 2010-2015. Maybe there's a bounceback in him.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 12:51:00 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post hears from someone in Gio Gonzalez’s camp that they consider it a "a matter of course" that the Nationals will exercise the $12 million 2017 club option on the left-hander.

Gonzalez battled inconsistency this season while putting up a 4.57 ERA and 171/59 K/BB ratio in 177 1/3 innings over 32 starts, but he's capable of better and $12 million is a reasonable price tag in this market. It's worth noting that Gonzalez's contract includes a vesting option for 2018 if he throws 180 innings next season. However, he hasn't topped 180 innings since 2013.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 12:56:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez lasted just 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs but received a no-decision in Monday's 8-3 NLDS Game 3 victory over the Dodgers.

The Nationals spotted Gonzalez a 4-1 lead in the third inning, but he allowed the Dodgers to inch closer when he served up a two-run shot to Carlos Ruiz in the fifth. Manager Dusty Baker had seen enough at that point, yanking the lefty and turning to his bullpen, which delivered 4 2/3 scoreless frames. The Nats are expected to start Joe Ross on Tuesday as they look to advance to the NLCS.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 08:48:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez proved ineffective in Wednesday's rain-shortened loss to the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Gonzalez was able to limit the scoring damage, but this was far from a smooth start. The veteran southpaw had already thrown 100 pitches (just 56 strikes) by the time he was relieved of duty with two outs in the fourth inning. The game would last all of 1 2/3 frames more before a lengthy weather delay eventually led the contest to be called for a 3-0 Diamondbacks win. This was Gonzalez's final start of the regular season. In 177 1/3 innings (32 starts) this year, he registered a 4.57 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 179/59 K/BB ratio.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 10:46:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez gave up three runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision versus the Pirates.

Gonzalez didn’t have a single clean inning, though he especially labored through the first three innings. The southpaw gave up five hits in all while walking three and striking out five. It has been an up-and-down year for Gonzalez, who owns a 4.51 ERA through 31 starts. He’ll finish the regular season with a start against the Diamondbacks next week.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 12:31:00 AM

Gio Gonzalez was knocked around in Saturday's loss to the Braves, surrendering six runs on nine hits in only 4 1/3 innings of work.

On the plus side, he did manage to punch out seven on the afternoon and didn't walk a batter. The Braves scratched out a run in the first, two more in the third then broke the game open and chased Gonzalez with three more in the fifth. Now 11-10 on the season, the southpaw will look to improve upon his 4.48 ERA and 1.30 WHIP when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Friday.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez turned in a nice performance in Sunday's win over the Phillies, surrendering one run on four hits over seven innings.

Gonzalez struck out five and walked one on the afternoon. The lone run to score on his watch came when Tommy Joseph socked a solo home run in the seventh inning. Otherwise, it was a very clean outing for the veteran southpaw. A road date with the Braves awaits him next time he toes the rubber. Gonzalez will carry a 4.27 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into that affair.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 04:46:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez surrendered six runs over just three innings but escaped with a no-decision in Tuesday's 9-7 win over the Braves.

It was an ugly performance in a juicy matchup. The Nationals battled back to take a lead after Gonzalez gave up three runs in the first two frames, but the lefty coughed up the lead again in the fourth and manager Dusty Baker decided enough was enough. Gonzalez entered the night with a 3.00 second-half ERA, so we're expecting him to bounce back this weekend against the Phillies.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 11:19:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez held the Phillies to just one run and two hits over six innings as the Nationals won 2-1 on Wednesday.

He struck out four and walked one in the solid outing. The one run he surrendered came on a Freddy Galvis solo shot in the fifth inning. Gonzalez now has a winning record at 10-9 with a 4.14 ERA in 27 starts. He lines up for two juicy starts next week versus the Braves and Phillies.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 10:45:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
3Clint Robinson
4Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koda Glover
2Shawn Kelley
3Blake Treinen
4Sammy Solis
5Oliver Perez
6Joe Blanton
7Trevor Gott
8Enny Romero
9Jeremy Guthrie
10Dustin Antolin
11Neal Cotts
12Jacob Turner