Game #52 Preview: Nats vs. Braves
Game 2 of 2: Sunday, June 3, 1:35 EDT, Nats Park
After his shaky Nats debut in Chicago Gio has been absolutely dominant, compiling a 1.55 ERA since April 12. Over that same period batters are hitting just .134 against him with a .435 OPS. In his last start, also against the Braves, Gonzalez was a little wild in the 1st, throwing 28 pitches while giving up a run without a hit via two walks and some good base-running. He locked it down after that inning, striking out ten over the next six innings securing the win and the series sweep for the Nats. The only current Brave to have faced Gio multiple times is Jack Wilson, who spent a few years in SEA, and the only Brave with a hit against Gio is Bourn. I should note that, aside from Wilson's, these numbers are the product of last Sunday's game which was Gio's only start against the Braves.
Gio Gonzalez vs. Current Braves
Hanson was pitching well this season until his last outing, where he gave up six runs on eight hits over only 3.2 innings. To make things worse, the MLB pun masters decided to make an "Mmmbop" reference to Hanson imploding in that game. One thing I've noticed is he's walking nearly 1 more batter per nine innings than his career average, which could be something to watch. Against current Nationals he's held Zim, LaRoche and Espinosa in check while Desmond has been fairly average and Morse has done well against Hanson with a 1.190 OPS.
Tommy Hanson vs. Current Nationals