The Washington Nationals remain in first place in the NL East.
Much of their success is due to the team’s stellar pitching. Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, however, has not won since July 5. He is 0-5 in his last six starts and is quickly becoming the odd man out in the starting rotation. Despite SP Stephen Strasburg‘s recent struggles, he has managed to win nine games this season. Gio, on the other hand, is 6-9 and posting a 4.00 earned run average.
This season isn’t reflective of his talent. In 2012, Gonzalez won 21 games and recorded a 2.89 ERA. Last season, he went 11-8. He is 76-57 in his career and the Nationals expect him to turn this slump around.
The 28-year-old pitcher needs a win more than any other player on the Nationals’ roster.
Pitching is the foundation of the Nationals’ success so far in 2014. Going into the final weeks of the season, it’s time for every starter to perform at his best. The Nationals are the clear favorite to win the NL East race. As the playoffs are quickly approaching, the Nationals need to be able to rely on all five of their starting pitchers.
Gonzalez faces the Pittsburgh Pirates today at home. Now, would be a great time to gain back his confidence. The Nationals are the division leader by six games and have room to breathe. He must take advantage of how well the team is performing, relax and find his command again on the mound.