At the end of the trade waiver deadline David Stearns made a jump for starting pitching depth and acquired lefty Gio Gonzalez. The two time All-Star struggled earlier this year with the Nationals, but got his second chance with the Brewers. He has taken full advantage of the opportunity.
Since being traded to Milwaukee, Gonzalez has made three starts, and has dominated. By the stats above prove this beyond a shadow of a doubt. His improvement as a pitcher and his contribution to the Brewers is striking. He has proved that he can be a pitcher the Brewers can count on going into the postseason. Gonzalez has put together great starts, but his one on Wednesday stands out.
On Wednesday night, Gonzalez led the crew to a 7-0 win against the Reds to take the series. He went six innings on a two hit shutout with 5 SO and 2 BB. Craig Counsell has usually let a pitcher run five innings and lets the fiery bullpen take over. For Gonzalez to go six proves his effectiveness, and for those who didn’t watch, he was cruising. The last time a Brewers starter went more than five innings was actually Gonzalez on Sept. 8 going 5.2 innings.
Counsell stated this on Gio going six innings, “He was on cruise control. He pitched really really well.”
Counsell also touched on his overall performance as a Brewer, “We’ve given him the ball three times and won 3 games. It’s working out well.”
You can’t say enough about Gio Gonzalez, he got traded from a team he was very comfortable with and came to a new environment and has performed. He has done very well and has kept focused on helping lead this team to a playoff berth.