The Nationals went wire-to-wire with the win last night in Chicago to secure another series win, and the Nats offense has now scored 31 runs in their last 3 games. The Nats are hoping for a Gio Gonzalez rebound game tonight.
Gio’s current ERA is at 3.94 which is actually higher than his 2015 ERA, and it is due to 3 poor outings in a row where his ERA started at 1.86 before getting tagged with 18 earned runs over his last 15 2/3 innings of work. Gio has taxed the bullpen along the way averaging just under 5 1/3 innings over his last 3 starts.
The White Sox scratched scheduled starter Carlos Rodon for tonight and have inserted Miguel Gonzalez who was DFA’d from the Orioles before the season and picked up by the White Sox.
Both Gio Gonzalez and Miguel Gonzalez have almost identical ERAs and are separated by 0.01 and both pitchers have much to prove for their respective teams.
Gio Gonzalez has Chicago White Sox ties as he was drafted by the Chisox in 2004 in the 1st round, and then traded to the Phillies. Gio was then traded by the Phillies back to the White Sox who then traded him to the Oakland A’s. Gio never played in the Major Leagues for the White Sox. For some reason, Gio has never pitched well against the White Sox and has a career 0-4 record with a 5.23 ERA in 6 career starts. Hopefully this is lucky start #7 for Gio against his former team.
Here is your Nats stats against Miguel Gonzalez:
Here is Gio Gonzalez’s stats against the White Sox:
Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox
Stadium: US Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
1st Pitch: 8:10pm EDT
TV: MASN2, WPWR-Chicago, MLB.tv
Line-ups (subject to change without notice):
- Chris Heisey LF
- Jayson Werth DH
- Bryce Harper RF
- Daniel Murphy 2B
- Ryan Zimmerman 1B
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Danny Espinosa SS
- Jose Lobaton C
- Michael Taylor CF
Gio Gonzalez LHP