Gio Gonzalez
SP WSH
2 days ago

Gonzalez gave up five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

Home runs by Jake Marisnick and Marwin Gonzalez accounted for most of the damage, but despite the rough line in the box score, the 31-year-old lefty increased his workload to 91 pitches and would seem to be ready for the regular season. Gonzalez will slot in as the Nats' fourth starter to begin the year, putting him in line to make his first appearance April 7 in Philadelphia.

Gio Gonzalez
SP WSH
1 week ago

Gonzalez allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out two over 4.1 innings during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

He generally puts up good spring numbers -- Gonzalez hasn't had a Grapefruit League ERA over 2.84 since 2012 -- but he's been almost unhittable this year, giving up just eight hits in 16.1 innings along with a 1.10 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 9:4 K:BB. The veteran lefty won't be that good during the regular season, but his track record suggests he should at least be able to improve on last season's 4.57 ERA.

Gio Gonzalez
SP WSH
2 weeks ago

Gonzalez walked one and struck out two over five no-hit innings in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

He's now got a stellar 0.75 ERA and 0.67 WHIP through 12 spring innings, although Gonzalez's 7:3 K:BB is a little less exciting. The Florida native has made noises this spring about appearing in the 2017 All-Star Game, which will be held in Miami, and his performance so far in March suggests he isn't joking around.

Gio Gonzalez
SP WSH
3 weeks ago

Gonzalez worked three innings in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four.

EDGE Analysis

He's looked sharp through his first three spring outings, posting a 1.29 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in seven innings, but Friday marked the first time this March he started getting punchouts as well. Gonzalez is no fantasy ace, but he's been one of the more reliable mound assets around, winning at least 10 games and striking out at least 160 batters in seven straight seasons. There's no reason to suspect he won't make it eight straight in 2017.

Gio Gonzalez
SP WSH
3 weeks ago

Gonzalez allowed one hit and one walk in three shutout innings during Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

He was originally only set to throw two innings, but was so efficient he needed a third frame to get all his work in. Gonzalez has never been known as an efficient pitcher, but he did manage to get his BB/9 below 3.00 for the first time in his career in 2016, albeit barely at 2.99.

Gio Gonzalez
SP WSH
1 month ago

Gonzalez struck out one in a shutout inning of work during Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

A Trea Turner throwing error allowed Jose Reyes to reach base to kick off the inning, but Gonzalez calmly retired the next three batters he saw, including a strikeout of Curtis Granderson. The veteran lefty heads into 2017 with a rotation spot locked up for the Nats, and will look to improve on last season's 4.57 ERA.

Gio Gonzalez
SP WSH
1 month ago

Gonzalez will get the start in the Nationals' spring training opener Saturday against the Mets, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 31-year-old left-hander is looking to bounce back in 2017 after posting a 4.57 ERA last year, his worst performance since becoming a full-time starter for the A's in 2010. Gonzalez will be restricted to one inning or 25 pitches in his first outing of the spring.

Gio Gonzalez
SP WSH
5 months 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
5 months 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
SP WSH
6 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.