Gio Gonzalez
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1 month ago

The Nationals picked up Gonzalez's $12 million option for 2017 on Thursday, The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thanks to an inflated 0.96 HR/9, his 4.57 ERA in 2016 was his highest since he became a full-time starter in the majors, but Gonzalez won at least 10 games for the seventh straight season and his 8.68 K/9 and 2.99 BB/9 were right in line with his career norms. More worryingly, the 31-year-old lefty's average fastball velocity dropped to 90.8 mph, more than a full mile per hour lower than 2015, but $12 million is still a relative bargain in today's marketplace for a pitcher who can consistently make 30-plus starts a year.

Gio Gonzalez
SP WSH
1 month ago

The Nationals are likely to pick up Gonzalez's $12 million option for the 2017 season, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

A $12 million vesting option in Gonzalez's contract would also kick in for 2018 if he throws 180 innings next season, which he hasn't done since the 2013 season. Gonzalez took a large step backward last season, with a 4.57 ERA representing his worst mark since 2009, but he remains a durable left-handed starter and that could easily be seen as a value worth $12 million. The Nationals already have Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg locked up until 2021 and a glut of young starters headlined by Lucas Giolito and Joe Ross, so Gonzalez's continued presence would mean one less spot for a pitcher like Reynaldo Lopez or A.J. Cole.

Gio Gonzalez
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2 months ago

Gonzalez will start Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Monday, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gonzalez didn't last more than five innings in any of his final three starts of the regular season -- conceding at least three runs in each -- but with no Stephen Strasburg (elbow), the lefty will be called upon for a start in the NLDS. He'll line up against Dodger starter Kenta Maeda on Monday.

Gio Gonzalez
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2 months ago

Gonzalez (11-11) lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits in a rain-shortened loss to the Diamondbacks. He also struck out four and walked three.

EDGE Analysis

With Stephen Strasburg out and Joe Ross still being stretched out, Washington is counting on Gonzalez for the postseason, and he is failing to deliver. He hasn't lasted longer than five innings in any of his recent three starts, and Washington has lost all three games. He finishes the regular season with a 4.57 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 171 strikeouts in 177.1 innings.

Gio Gonzalez
SP WSH
2 months ago

Gonzalez didn't factor into the decision against the Pirates on Friday, giving up three earned runs on five hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out five.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran southpaw wasn't his sharpest and got into some early trouble by giving up an RBI double to Ryan Zimmerman and a two-run shot to Danny Espinosa that plated the former in the second inning. Gonzalez has now gone five innings or less in three of his last four starts, with his only strong effort over that span coming against a Phillies squad that's been hopeless against lefties all season. The 31-year-old will look to wrap up the regular season with his 12th win when he takes on the D-backs next Wednesday.

Gio Gonzalez
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2 months ago

Gonzalez (11-10) gave up six earned runs on nine hits over 4.1 innings in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Braves. He struck out seven.

EDGE Analysis

Despite displaying solid control and inducing 11 swinging strikes, Gonzalez was still touched up by the Braves for six earned runs for the second time in the last three starts. Gonzalez does have quality starts in his three other outings over his last five trips to the mound, but two of those efforts have notably come against an anemic Philies offense. Gonzalez saw a five-decision winning streak snapped with Saturday's loss, but does have double-digit victories for seven straight seasons.

Gio Gonzalez
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3 months ago

Gonzalez (11-9) allowed just one run on four hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out five in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

His only real mistake resulted in a Tommy Joseph solo shot, Gonzalez rebounded nicely from Tuesday's dud against the Braves and has now turned in a quality start in three of his last four outings. He'll get another crack at the Braves on Saturday in Atlanta.

Gio Gonzalez
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3 months ago

Gonzalez recorded just nine outs Tuesday, allowing six earned runs on eight hits while striking out four and taking a no-decision.

EDGE Analysis

Gonzalez started the fourth inning but was removed after giving up a pair of hits before he recorded an out. After allowing just two hits in his last start, Gonzalez was knocked around by a Braves team that is next-to-last in runs scored. Gonzalez has had a down year by his standards, his 4.40 ERA being his worst since 2010. While he still has a winning record at 10-9, Gonzalez is now on the wrong side of 30 years old and seems to be on the decline.

Gio Gonzalez
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3 months ago

Gonzalez (10-9) was dominating Wednesday, throwing six innings while allowing just one run on two hits and a walk, striking out four to earn his 10th win of the season against the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

Gonzalez's lone blemish was a solo home run by Freddy Galvis in the fifth inning. Gonzalez is now 4-1 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over his last seven starts, lowing his ERA to 4.14 on the year. While that would be the highest ERA of Gonzalez's career, he's still striking out nearly a batter an inning, and his 1.31 WHIP is an improvement over the 1.42 mark he posted in 2015.

Gio Gonzalez
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3 months ago

Gonzalez (9-9) gave up two earned runs on four hits and a walk over six innings in Friday's 8-5 victory over the Rockies. He struck out five.

EDGE Analysis

After a tough luck no-decision in his last start, Gonzalez insured himself a victory by largely shutting down a potent Rockies offense. The veteran southpaw surrendered only a second-inning sacrifice fly to Daniel Descalso and a fourth-inning RBI double to Nick Hundley, otherwise cruising to his ninth overall victory and third in his last three decisions. The 30-year-old will look to get above .500 when he takes on the Phillies next Wednesday.