Gio Gonzalez: About Last Night

It could have been a bad night for Gio Gonzalez. He allowed four hits and walked four in 4 2/3 innings, but try as he might to gift the Mets with additional base runners, the Mets could only score one run on a Wilmer Flores groundout in the second. Jose Lobaton threw out Curtis Granderson stealing in the first, and Gonzalez helped limit the damage with six strikeouts.

It’s the sixth time in Gonzalez’s last nine starts where he’s walked three or more batters, the second time where he’s issued four free passes, yet in those nine games he’s allowed more than two earned runs just once. He’s not lasting long into games, going past six innings in seven of his 19 starts on the year, and it’s the second straight game where he’s failed to go past the fifth.

Tanner Roark, who pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless, scoreless relief on Friday (Tanner!) is less of luxury than a necessity it seems.

Below I’ve listed the particulars for the Nationals starting pitcher for yesterday’s game. The tables and charts don’t exactly tell the entire story of last night’s pitching performance. These are just numbers, not stories, and each start is its own individual story. I like to think of these charts as the footnotes at the bottom of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They’re not essential to making sense of the story’s narrative flow, but it definitely adds to the story’s richness if you understand the political and religious climates of late nineteenth century Ireland. In other words, it’s one thing to know that a thing occurred in a linear fashion, but it’s best to gain a deeper understanding as to why those events occurred.

Pitch Type Thrown Percentage
Changeup 8 7.6
Curveball 15 14.3
Fourseam 41 39.05
Two-Seamer 41 39.05

Gio Gonzalez Pitches by Type

Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:

Outcome Changeup Curveball Fourseam Two-Seamer
Ball 4 9 10 23
Called Strike 0 2 9 6
Swinging Strike 1 0 5 2
Foul 2 1 14 6
In play, no out 0 1 1 1
In play, out(s) 1 1 2 3
In play, run(s) 0 1 0 0

Gio Gonzalez Pitches by Outcome


Pitch Type Min (mph) Mean (mph) Max (mph)
Changeup 83.4 83.95 84.5
Curveball 76.6 78.5 80.4
Fourseam 90.7 92.6 93.9
Two-seamer 90.7 92.1 93.2

Gio Gonzalez Pitch Velocities

Below are the pitch locations by both batter stance (left or right) and by pitch type:

150731_GioBatterPitch Location by Batter

By pitch type:

150731_GioPitch Location by Pitch Type


MLB Daily Heat Check

Here you’ll find information regarding the pitchers that light up the radar gun each and every night. I’ve listed for both starters and relievers the top five by average velocity and the pitchers that threw the hardest single pitch. It doesn’t equate to quality of an outing or take into consideration the end result of the pitch (sometimes really, really good fastballs go a long way), but it’s fun.

Pitcher Name Team Pitch Type Avg. Start Speed (mph)
Nathan Eovaldi Yankees FF 97.3
Matt Harvey Mets FT / FF 96.01 / 95.99
Rubby De La Rosa Diamondbacks FT / FF 95.6 / 95.2
Taijuan Walker Seattle FF 95.3
Danny Salazar Cleveland FF 95.1

Starters Top Five Fastballs by Average (MPH)

The five fastest pitches by starting speed all belong to Nathan Eovaldi. On a night where Rubby De La Rosa cranks it up to 98 on multiple occasions, he couldn’t match Eovaldi who nearly hit 100 and had eight pitches at 99-mph or over.

The relievers are listed below:

Pitcher Name Team Pitch Type Start Speed
Jeurys Familia Mets FF 99.2
Kelvin Herrera Royals FF / FT 99.1 / 98.6
Bruce Rondon Tigers FF 98.5
Jose Diaz Reds FT / FF 98.2 / 98.1
Carter Capps Marlins FF 97.4

Relievers Top Five Fastballs by Average (MPH)

Last night the separation throughout the top 10 was little closer. Kelvin Herrera was the only one who topped 100, hitting 101.3, but Jeurys Familia hit 99.8 and Bruce Rondon and Carter Capps topped 99 as well.

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