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Gio Gonzalez | Starting Pitcher | #47

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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 pitched five innings of one-run ball as the Nationals beat the Cardinals 4-2 on Friday.
It looked like Gonzalez might have gotten hurt fielding a grounder, but he said afterwards that he was just doing some stretching. Always an exceptional spring training pitcher, Gonzalez is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts this year. Mar 16 - 4:51 PM

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Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs on six hits over three innings Sunday in a Grapefruit League start versus the Tigers.

Gonzalez gave up four singles in the Tigers' one-run first inning and a single and a triple in Detroit's one-run second. The veteran left-hander figures to regress this season from the shiny 2.96 ERA he posted in 2017. He walked 79 batters in 201 innings and posted his lowest strikeout rate since 2010. Gonzalez is certainly still draftable, but there's some "buyer beware" to his fantasy outlook for 2018.
Mar 4 - 2:26 PM

Gio Gonzalez pitched a pair of scoreless innings and struck out two Tuesday in a 2-2 tie between the Nationals and Marlins.

Gonzalez should have been an early pick in any Grapefruit League fantasy drafts; his spring ERAs have ranged from 1.50 to 2.84 the last five years. We're a little more skeptical about how he'll perform in the regular season, and given that he'll be considerably more expensive than he was last spring, he doesn't seem like a very good investment.
Feb 27 - 4:35 PM

Gio Gonzalez will start for the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday night against the Cubs.

Tanner Roark was the other option for Washington after Stephen Strasburg pitched in Roark's place in Game 4 on Wednesday following Tuesday's rainout. Gonzalez allowed three earned runs over five innings in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday, but the 32-year-old left-hander had a terrific regular season and seems like the best choice here for manager Dusty Baker. Max Scherzer will be available for an inning or two of relief in Game 5. Roark will obviously be available out of the bullpen as well. It's all hands on deck, outside of Strasburg, for the right to face the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. Kyle Hendricks is starting NLDS Game 5 for the visiting Cubs.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 02:28:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez allowed three runs over five innings, striking out six, in a no-decision Saturday against the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS.

Gonzalez gave up just three hits and walked two, but two of the hits were dingers that accounted for all three runs. He was staring at a loss before the Nats rallied for five runs in the eighth inning, leaving Gio without a say in the outcome. He's on track for a potential deciding Game 5 at home, if the series gets that far.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 09:03:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez will start Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs.

Max Scherzer will be held out until Game 3 after tweaking a hamstring in his final start of the regular season. Gonzalez threw a bullpen session on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park while Scherzer played catch on flat ground. Stephen Strasburg is starting Game 1 on Friday.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 12:17:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez struggled in the season finale against Pittsburgh, giving up six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 11-6 loss to the Pirates.

If there's any good news, it's that Gonzalez settled down in the last four-plus innings. There's bad news, though, in that Gonzalez allowed five runs in the first and struggled to throw strikes all game. It's a down note, but this was a very nice comeback season for Gonzalez, and he should get a start at some point for the Nationals in the 2017 playoffs.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 07:27:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez labored through five innings against the Phillies on Tuesday, allowing three runs on five hits and five walks.

Gonzalez required a whopping 109 pitches to get through his five frames, and the five free passes tied a season high for the left-hander. He’s struggled in three of his last five outings down the stretch, which obviously isn’t ideal heading into the postseason. Gonzalez will get a final tune-up Sunday versus the Pirates in what will surely be an abbreviated outing.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 10:23:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs in seven innings to earn a 7-3 win over the Braves on Wednesday.

He punched out eight batters against one walk in yet another gem outing for the veteran hurler. He yielded just three knocks in the contest, although two of them were solo homers by Freddie Freeman and Kurt Suzuki. Gonzalez made an adjustment in the middle of spring training that has propelled him to his best season since 2012, when he went 21-8 with a 2.89 ERA in his first season with the Nationals after coming over from the Athletics. This year Gonzalez is 15-7 with a 2.68 ERA and 1.13 WHIP after 30 starts. He has a 179/71 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 191 2/3 innings.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 12:27:00 AM

Gio Gonzalez struck out eight but was charged with five runs over just five innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Braves.

The big blow came in the form of a three-run homer by Freddie Freeman in the third inning. It’s the second straight start that Gonzalez has gone just five innings. He had previously lasted only five innings in just one outing this season, and that was all the way back on May 3. Gonzalez faces the Dodgers on Sunday at home.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 10:38:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez's $12 million option for 2018 has vested.

Gonzalez triggered that vesting option when he officially hit 180 innings with a strikeout of Braves leadoff man Ender Inciarte in the top of the first Tuesday night at Nationals Park. Gonzalez entered the start with a terrific 2.50 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 163/69 K/BB ratio in 179 2/3 innings this season. He'll be a bargain for Washington next year.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 07:12:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez turned in five shutout innings to beat the Marlins 8-1 on Wednesday.

He didn't throw a lot of strikes and burned through 101 pitches to get through five innings, but he kept the Marlins off the scoreboard and snared the win. He allowed just three base hits and struck out four batters while issuing three walks. He improves to 14-6 on the season with a very impressive 2.50 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. The veteran left-hander has racked up 163 strikeouts in 179 2/3 innings across 28 starts.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 10:40:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez struggled in a losing effort against the Brewers on Thursday, surrendering five runs on eight hits over his six frames.

The left-hander walked three and struck out seven on the night. It was a rare off-night for Gonzalez who has been spectacular this season. He'll bring a stellar 2.58 ERA and 1.14 WHIP into Tuesday's matchup against the Marlins in Miami.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 12:53:00 AM

Gio Gonzalez improved to 13-5 by limiting the Mets to two runs in 6 2/3 innings in Saturday's 9-4 victory.

The veteran allowed six hits and one walk while fanning two batters in the quality start. Wilmer Flores took him deep for a solo shot in the sixth frame. Gonzalez has put himself squarely in the Cy Young Award conversation with his 2.40 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through 26 starts this year. He has out-pitched his 4.35 xFIP by almost two full runs.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 08:21:00 PM

Gio Gonzalez was dominant in Sunday's victory over the Padres, racking up eight strikeouts while allowing just one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings.

Gonzalez scattered five hits and a walk on the day. The 31-year-old southpaw has been outstanding this season, and has now logged quality starts in 14 of his last 15 outings. He's now 12-5 on the year with a sparkling 2.39 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 150/62 K/BB ratio in 162 innings. He'll look to keep on rolling when he takes on the Mets at home on Saturday.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 08:12:00 PM

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1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Reynolds
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LF1Adam Eaton
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
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RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jeremy Hellickson
6A.J. Cole
7Edwin Jackson
8Joe Ross
9Tommy Milone
Relief Pitcher
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Enny Romero
7Joaquin Benoit
8Matt Grace
9Sammy Solis
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