Name: Giovany Aramis “Gio” González
DOB: September 19, 1985
From: Hialeah, FL
Position: Starting Pitcher Rotation: Second Pitcher
Hand: Lefty (But Bats Right Handed)
With the Nats Since: Acquired via Trade with Oakland before 2012 Season
Just Who Is This Guy?: If you really don’t know Guy Smiley, the Nats powerful left-handed hurler from Hialeah, read our 2013 preview first.
What Happened in 2013: To the untrained eye, Gonzalez had a much worse 2013 than 2012. Ten fewer wins with the same number of losses, an inflated ERA… to a slightly more discerning eye, Gio Gonzalez had a slightly down year coming off of an exceptional 2012. Gonzalez’s 2013 campaign was pretty similar to his 2011 year in Oakland-and is probably on par with what a person should expect from him. He was still a 3+ fWAR pitcher, and his 3.41 FIP would still be rated in the above-average to great category. Those ten less wins are a great reason not to much pay attention to wins by pitchers. Those no decisions were just as much the fault of an anemic Nats offense as they were of the slight downtick in his performance.
It might also have been a bit of anxiety over being investigated (and ultimately exonerated) as a steroid use.
What happened in 2013? Gio Gonzalez put together a pretty great year, not as good his last, on a team that didn’t perform as well overall.