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Gio Gonzalez (SP)

Washington Nationals - 57% owned

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Bats: R, Throws: L

Gonzalez continued his strong start to the 2016 season by tossing six innings of shutout ball against the Royals. Gonzalez showed good control only walking two batters and giving up four hits.

Fantasy Impact: The start to the 2016 season has been one of resurgance thus far for the left handed pitcher. In four starts this year, Gonzalez has a WHIP of 0.86 and is averaging almost a strikeout per nine innings. Though some regression should be expected, if Gonzalez can maintain the control he has demonstrated thus far, he may prove to be one of the biggest steals for owners who took him late in this years draft. He looks to keep the ball rolling next week when he faces the Cubs next Saturday.

 

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Gio Gonzalez has not allowed more than two runs in any start this season and has a ERA 1.42 ERA in 25 1/3 innings this season. He has pitched at least six innings in each start and has cut down on his walks as well, walking three batters or fewer in each start. He will face the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez has a 0.99 WHIP so far this season, a pleasant surprise for any fantasy owner that bought low on him as a SP4. Although he had a higher than average 3.57 ERA in 2015, he did have a 2.89 ERA and held batters to a .219 batting average in September 2015, a sign that he could return to his solid past. Gonzalez has limited exposure to Royals' batters, but the team has a .922 OPS in 53 at-bats, including two home runs in six at-bats from Eric Hosmer.

 

Gio Gonzalez turned in an excellent performance on Tuesday, going six strong, striking out four batters and only walking one batter. He failed to pick up the win in what turned out to be a pitcher's duel.

Fantasy Impact: Gio took a hit on his strikeout totals but looked to have excellent command only walking one batter and giving up three hits. He has a plus match up in his next start when he goes up against the Phillies.

 

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Gio Gonzalez gave up two runs, seven hits and struck out four in a 7-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. He did not walk anyone, but did need 94 pitches to make through six innings of work.

Fantasy Impact: He will enter the 2016 firmly entrenched as the third starter in the Nationals rotation. During preseason play he has looked sharp, crafting a 2.89 ERA in the process. With an improved defense and proven manager at the helm, Gonzalez could see a spike in wins. Owners should feel confident drafting him at his current ADP of 181.

 

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Gio Gonzalez walked four batters and gave up five hits but managed to only give up one run in a 5-3 win over the Astros. He struggled with his command early on but did settle down after the second inning to only give up the one run.

Fantasy Impact: Gio Gonzalez is firmly entrenched as the third starter behind Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in the Nationals rotation and should be good for over 30 starts this year. With an ADP of 180 he could be a good value pick as he does have a high ceiling for wins and strikeouts. He does come with some risk though as he struggled with WHIP last year (1.423) and has seen his ERA rise (albeit slightly) every year since 2012. That being said you would be pressed to find another starter in the 15th round that will likely get you over 10 to 15 wins, an ERA of around 3.50, 175 plus innings and around 170 strikeouts.

 

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Gonzalez won 11 games in 2015 with an ERA of 3.77. His WHIP was a bit high at 1.42, but he had a solid number of strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: He has talent and the Nationals hope to perform better as a team in 2016. Zeile projections call for similar numbers, except for the WHIP to fall into a more acceptable range. His ECR is 185 and he has the talent to be a good buy at that range.

 

Gio Gonzalez pitched his best game of the season, striking out 13 while walking two and allowing two runs on five hits, one homer, in seven innings of work (110 pitches, Game Score 78)

Fantasy Impact: Granted, Philly did not put up a good lineup, but Gio's curve was working and the lefty (11-7, ERA 3.83) looked strong.

 

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Gio Gonzalez was in good form Saturday, carrying a no-hitter through the fifth inning, striking out ten while walking four and allowing two hits (106 pitches, Game Score 74). It's worth noting that this success came with Wilson Ramos catching.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez (10-7, ERA 3.96) has now followed his three poor starts with two good ones. He'll usually get you strikeouts, but isn't very efficient so he has pitched eight full innings only twice in 26 starts. Fortunately, the Nationals bullpen and offense are good enough to get him wins.

 

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Gio Gonzalez went six innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits before he was taken out for a pinch hitter (92 pitches, Game Score 62). He took a no-decision, with the Nationals gaining and then losing a late lead.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez (9-7, ERA 4.13) is a risky choice for fantasy because of his inconsistency.

 

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Gio Gonzalez did not make it past the fifth inning, allowing seven hits, five runs (four earned), a home run, and two walks, while striking out six (85 pitches, Game Score 36). Gio was subjected to some bad defense but he also could not throw his curve for a strike.

Fantasy Impact: After a string of good starts, this was Gio's third consecutive subpar outing. With his team desperately needing wins, Gonzalez (9-7, ERA 4.11) will be on a short rope in future. A risky choice for fantasy at this point.

 

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At home against the Brewers, Gio Conzalez turned in his second straight subpar outing with a line of 5IP 8H 5R/4ER 2BB 5SO 1HR (91 pitches, Game Score 36).

Fantasy Impact: The positive is this start was better than the disaster against the Giants in San Francisco. With an extra day's rest, Gio (9-6, ERA 3.98) will look to turn it around against the Padres at Nationals Park on Thursday.

 

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Gio Gonzalez was unable to get out of third inning of Saturday night's game against the Giants. Staked to a 2-0 lead, Gio gave up six runs as he allowed a triple and two walks (one of which was the pitcher attempting to bunt), followed by four more hits. During the course of a mound visit, pitching coach Steve McCatty was ejected.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez (9-5, ERA 3.86) had had a string of good outings prior to this dud. He didn't show signs of injury or fatigue, so it's likely he can get back on track with his next start at home against the Brewers.

 

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Gio Gonzalez pitched his best game of the 2015 season in Los Angeles, going eight innings on 117 pitches, striking out six and walking only one (in the 8th inning) for a Game Score of 73. Gio's curve was a thing of beauty.

Fantasy Impact: Since the All-Star Break, Gonzalez (9-4, ERA 3.50) is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in five starts. He had not been going long in games, however, until this outing.

 

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Gio Gonzalez was effective but not efficient in five innings of work, as he was scored upon only once while striking out seven and walking only one. He allowed a single to the first batter in the sixth and was removed with a 2-1 lead at 95 pitches. The bullpen allowed the runner to score (and imploded to the tune of eight more runs), leaving Gio with a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: In his last seven starts, Gonzalez (8-4, ERA 3.75) is 4-0 with a 1.77 ERA, and has not allowed more than two earned runs in any outing. However, he has thrown seven innings only twice, and his SO/BB ratio is 37/13 in that period.

 

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Gio Gonzalez struck out the first two batters in the fifth inning, but after a double and a single, and with Gio's pitch count at 105, manager Matt Williams took him out. The reliever allowed one of the inherited runners to score, but the Nats eventually tied the game, giving Gio a no-decision--then lost in extra innings.

Fantasy Impact: This was the first time since June 4 that Gio (8-4, ERA 3.75) walked four batters, which probably contributed to the quick hook. He has steadily lowered his ERA (at 4.94 on May 19), so he is a solid fantasy play IF he can limit the walks.

 

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Gio Gonzalez cruised through five scoreless innings but ran into trouble in the sixth, undone by the first baseman's error and three singles. His final line: 5IP 5H 3R/1ER 0BB 5SO and the win.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez (8-4, ERA 3.83) has become a solid choice for fantasy as he has lowered his walks.

 

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Gio Gonzalez was not at his best, but was aided by several defensive gems. He kept the Mets to two runs (scored on a broken bat RBI single by Matt Harvey) as he allowed six hits, striking out four while walking three (one intentionally) for a Game Score of 53.

Fantasy Impact: This was the fourth consecutive Quality Start for Gio (7-4, ERA 3.3), and the sixth in his last seven outings. The only problem for fantasy owners is that he is not striking out a lot of opponents.

 

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Gio Gonzalez had another solid outing (his third straight) against the Orioles, finishing with a line of 6 IP, 6H, 1ER, 3BB, 5K (1 HR) on 106 pitches for a Game Score of 58. He left with a 2-1 lead which the bullpen was unable to hold.

Fantasy Impact: Gio (6-4, ERA 3.99) appears to have overcome a rocky start to his season and is performing at his usual steady pace.

 

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Gio Gonzalez turned in one of his best and most efficient performances, as he struck out six, allowed five hits (one homer) and walked none (82 pitches, Game Score 69).

Fantasy Impact: Gio (6-4, ERA 4.16) limited the walks to exactly none, and could have gone deeper except for the need to pinch hit in a one-run game. He is definitely showing signs of the reliable Gio of years past.

 

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The "good" Gio Gonzalez showed up for one of his best outings of the season, cruising through seven innings with four hits, two walks and four strikeouts on only 85 pitches (Game Score 71). He also contributed to the Nats' nine-run first inning with an RBI double.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez (5-4 ERA 4.51) is a risky play, but definitely a choice against lefty-heavy lineups.

 

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The "bad" Gio Gonzalez showed up in Toronto. After two above-average starts, and two outs in the first inning, Gio started walking guys (despite a generous strike zone) and didn't last long. His line: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K (79 pitches) for a Game Score of 22 and the loss.

Fantasy Impact: A roller-coaster season for Gio (4-4, ERA 4.82) makes it difficult to play him in fantasy. On the whole, he's not giving you value compared to his salary.

 

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Gio Gonzalez pitched a good game, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (103 pitches), with one of his runs scoring after he left the game.

Fantasy Impact: This performance, with a Game Score of 59, is more typical of Gio than his season stats (4-3, ERA 4.42, WHIP 1.47).

 

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Gio Gonzalez pitched well enough to win the game, overcoming a rough first inning (after a long rain delay) to end with 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, The bullpen shut out the Cubs but the offense only scored one run, so Gio took the loss.

Fantasy Impact: The main issue with Gonzalez (4-3, ERA 4.57) for fantasy players is consistency.

 

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Gio Gonzalez was set for a pretty good outing until the sixth inning when he got hit by a pitch for the second time. He was hit just above the elbow on his left (pitching) arm, and perhaps that affected him, as he gave up a walk, two hits and two runs before he was relieved by Blake Treinen.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez (4-2, ERA 4.73) has a FIP of 3.04, which suggests his ERA will drop substantially if he limits walks and keeps his pitch count under control.

 

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Gio Gonzalez was back on track, as he struck out seven, walked one, and allowed one run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.

Fantasy Impact: Gio (4-2, ERA 4.53) limited the walks, which is key for him, so he could go deep into the game. Manager Matt Williams was aggressive with the bullpen, pulling Gio before he got into much trouble in the seventh.

 

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After two excellent starts, Gio Gonzalez was hit hard by the Diamondbacks, giving up five runs on nine hits in five innings, with three strikeouts and two walks. Gio seemed frustrated by a tight strike zone.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez (3-2, ERA 4.25) looks healthy, so there's reason to hope he'll get back on track.

 

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After a couple of early hiccups, Gio Gonzalez settled in nicely, throwing seven innings on 103 pitches (Game Score 66). He struck out eight, allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and hit a batter.

Fantasy Impact: Gio has minimized walks in his last three outings, which is key for him.

 

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Gio Gonzalez was sparkling as he struck out nine and walked only two, allowing no runs and eight hits in seven innings.

Fantasy Impact: For the first time this season Gonzalez (2-2, ERA 3.86) looked dominant and in control of all his pitches, particularly a sinking fastball.

 

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Gio Gonzalez made some good pitches, but left a few too many over the plate, getting slammed for ten hits (three triples) as he struck out eight and walked one in five innings of work. All six runs were earned, despite three coming after a significant misplay by catcher Wilson Ramos.

Fantasy Impact: As in his previous start, Gio flooded the bases with runners; unlike his previous start, the lefty couldn't get out of the jams. Because he does produce strikeouts, he's a risky but potentially profitable pick in Daily Fantasy.

 

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Gio Gonzalez worked out of a couple of jams as he shut out the St. Louis Cardinals for six innings (eight hits, four walks, four strikeouts). He took a no-decision when the bullpen blew a one-run lead.

Fantasy Impact: Gio's ERA is down to 3.44 on the season.

 

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Gio Gonzalez was inconsistent on Wednesday, showing a great curve that he hung a couple of times, leading to five runs (four earned) on six hits (one homer), as he struck out six and walked two in six innings. The Nats offense covered and he took the win.

Fantasy Impact: Gio shows no signs of the shoulder problems that marred his performance in the first half of 2014. He'll be good most times out, and can be great on occasion.

 

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Gio's command was shaky in the 1st inning, then he cruised through the 6th, striking out four and scattering five hits but no runs. After walking two and hitting a batter in the 7th inning, he was removed with the bases loaded and one out. Then two relievers allowed all three runners to score, giving Gio the loss.

Fantasy Impact: If Gio can minimize the walks (an on-going problem for him), he will give you good fantasy value.

 

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Gio threw four scoreless (and walkless) innings, striking out six, but the Mets put together a run on a walk, bunt and single in the 5th, and another on a solo homer in the 6th. Gio's ERA for the spring sits at 2.79.

Fantasy Impact: Gio is scheduled to pitch his first regular season game against the Phillies on Friday, April 10. He looks healthy and ready, but will need to build up his stamina to go beyond six innings.

 

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Gio Gonzalez worked around two errors and three walks, while striking out five and allowing three hits in five innings of work.

Fantasy Impact: Gio finished 2014 strong after enduring shoulder problems for the first half of the season. He looks good so far this spring, although he still walks too many batters.

 

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Gio Gonzalez struck out five, walked one and allowed two hits, no runs, in four innings of work. His breaking stuff looked sharp.

Fantasy Impact: Hopefully Gio's 2014 shoulder troubles are behind him, and he can return to form.

 

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After giving up only one hit to the Braves, Gio let up four earned runs to Miami in 2 2/3 innings pushing his ERA up to a 7.71 for spring. The good news is Gio says everything is feeling great; “Strength of the arm feels great,” Gonzalez said. “Body feels great. Composure, just excitement, all in all, I feel like I was back in 2012, just having fun, smiling.” (Source: Washington Times)

Fantasy Impact: This has been classic Gio the last two years. He has been very inconsistent and looks like he will not be back to his 200K form from 2012. Gio is going too high for his value and I would stay away going into the draft.

 

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