He's been writing for ESPN since 2002, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. The Nationals, who despite their regular-season success have yet to advance out of the NL Division Series, started Monday four games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for best record in the NL.
On Tuesday night, Gonzalez struck out Braves centerfielder Ender Enciarte to reach 180 innings on the season. For context, the $12 million Gonzalez will be paid in 2018 is close to only a third of what Kershaw ($33 million) will earn.
Gio Gonzalez has tough night in loss to Braves
A former first round pick, Gonzalez came to Washington as part of a six-player trade in December of 2011.
When Gonzalez signed his five-year contract with the Washington Nationals in 2012, it was for an average of more than $8 million per year for a potential frontline starter. Coming into his matchup against the Braves, the 31-year old lefty was 14-6 with a 2.50 ERA that was the third-lowest in the National League. He did strike out eight and walk just one batter, but Gonzalez's ERA now sits at 2.68 for the season. He also ranked fifth in WHIP (1.14) and sixth in innings (179.2). Gonzalez departed after five innings with a line of five runs allowed on seven hits and 90 pitches thrown.