Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Gio Gonzalez possesses one of the most important one-two statistical duos for a starting pitcher: high strikeout rates with high ground ball rates.Over the last two seasons, when Gonzalez has really come into his own, he’s racked up an impressive 9.06 K/9 (6th-best in MLB of the 77 pitchers with at least 300 innings over the span) with a 47.8% ground ball rate (28th). Only Cliff Lee, Clayton Kershaw, and Zack Greinke have also struck out at least a batter per inning with a ground ball rate over 45%. Lee and Kershaw are two of the five or six best pitchers in baseball. Greinke has ace-like stuff but his low strand rates make me question his mental make-up.Gonzalez is a 200-inning starter who has lowered his walk rate every single season he’s been in the majors, though he it’s still a little on the higher-than-I’d-like side, which causes him to fall short of the 210-230 inning totals we see from most aces. Thankfully with Washington’s signing of Rafael Soriano, the Nationals have one ...
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