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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
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Gio Gonzalez surrendered four runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Friday.
Gonzalez gave up nine hits — including two homers — and walked three. He finished the night with five strikeouts. The southpaw has allowed 11 earned runs (including six home runs) over his last three starts after giving up just seven earned runs through his first six starts. His ERA sits at 2.86 right now and we expect it to continue to rise as long as he walks batters at this pace. Gonzalez has issued at least three walks in each of his last seven starts. May 20 - 12:26 AM

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Gio Gonzalez worked 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in a no-decision versus the Phillies.

Gonzalez didn't allow a run until Tommy Joseph's solo shot in the top of the seventh inning and he left the game with Washington leading 3-1, but the Phillies rallied against Nationals closer Shawn Kelley in the top of the ninth to steal a 4-3 victory. Gonzalez struck out five and yielded only four hits, though he did walk three. The left-hander will carry a shiny 2.47 ERA into his next start on the road against the Braves.
May 14 - 4:54 PM

Gio Gonzalez gave up six earned runs over six innings Monday as the Nationals fell to the Orioles.

Joey Rickard, Mark Trumbo, and Trey Mancini all went deep in the bottom of the first inning to give the Orioles an early 4-0 lead. And that lead was extended to 6-0 off Gonzalez in the fourth. The veteran left-hander entered the start with a sparkling 1.64 season ERA and watched it rise a full run to 2.64. He'll try to get back on track next time out against the Phillies.
May 8 - 10:23 PM

Gio Gonzalez allowed just one run despite walking seven batters in five innings but was not credited with the decision in a 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

He struggled mightily with his control as evidenced by the free passes. But just as he couldn't hit the plate the Diamondbacks couldn't hit the ball. Gonzalez surrendered only three hits while striking out eight. The only run he allowed came on a Chris Owings solo homer in the first inning. Gonzalez has been marvelous in the early going, registering a 4-0 record with a 1.64 ERA after six starts. His control had not been a problem prior to today. He now has 18 walks and 34 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings.
May 3 - 10:52 PM

Gio Gonzalez won after allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings Thursday against the Rockies.

Gonzalez improved to 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA through five starts. He could be considered a sell-high candidate at this point; his strikeout rate is down and his velocity isn't what it was a few years ago. He can remain decent, but the hot start seems like a mirage.
Apr 27 - 6:53 PM

Gio Gonzalez carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and gave up just one run on two hits in 6 1/3 innings to take home a 3-1 victory over the Mets on Saturday afternoon.

He fanned six batters and issued three walks in the contest. The only mark against him came in the sixth inning when he gave up a lead-off walk that was followed by a Juan Lagares single to break up his bid for a no-hitter. After a Michael Conforto strikeout, Asdrubal Cabrera singled to center to bring in a run. Gonzalez now has a 1.35 ERA through his first four starts of the season. He has struck out 21 batters and walked seven in 26 2/3 innings.
Apr 22 - 8:46 PM

Gio Gonzalez allowed three runs -- two earned -- over 7 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Phillies.

Washington didn't take the lead for good until the bottom of the ninth inning, when Bryce Harper slugged a three-run walkoff homer against Phillies closer Joaquin Benoit. Gonzalez walked three and gave up five hits, including a leadoff homer to Cesar Hernandez in the first inning, but he was otherwise pretty sharp and worked all the way into the top of the eighth. The left-hander will carry a shiny 1.33 ERA into his next start on the road against the Mets.
Apr 16 - 5:25 PM

Gio Gonzalez limited the Cardinals to two runs -- one earned -- across seven innings in Tuesday's 8-3 victory.

Randal Grichuk managed a solo homer off of Gonzalez, but the left-hander was mostly in control of this one from the jump. He allowed six hits and didn't walk anyone while recording six strikeouts. Gonzalez had a terrific spring training and has carried it over with two straight superb showings to start the regular season. He'll try to keep it going the next time out in Atlanta.
Apr 11 - 10:24 PM

Gio Gonzalez bent but didn't break Thursday, scattering seven hits over seven shutout innings in a no-decision against the Marlins.

It helped that all seven of the Marlins' hits were singles, and that the normally inefficient Gonzalez walked just one. Also promising was the fact that he fanned seven over his seven innings of work. Only a terrible showing by his bullpen kept Gio from earning his first win. The southpaw owned a disappointing 4.57 ERA across 32 starts in 2016 -- his worst showing since he was a 23-year-old making 17 starts with the A's in 2009 -- but he's looking to show last was the exception, not the new rule.
Apr 6 - 10:06 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Adam Eaton
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jacob Turner
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Koda Glover
3Blake Treinen
4Sammy Solis
5Oliver Perez
6Joe Blanton
7Enny Romero
8Matt Albers
9Matt Grace