Gio González Could Get Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo Off of the Hook
Former Montreal Expo Ross Grimsley has company.
Gio González became the second 20-game winner in franchise history as the Washington Nationals inched a little closer to the National League East title.
He looked like an ace out there today. He pitched against a red-hot Milwaukee Brewers team and shut them down.
He pitched seven innings with no earned runs, three hits and a single walk. His ERA dropped to 2.84 and he remains in the Cy Young race.
So the Nationals will have a No. 1 starter going into the postseason, and it's a fair bet that Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo is breathing a sigh of relief with Gonzalez's performance.
And, as reported by Mark Zuckerman from CSNWashington.com, manager Davey Johnson blamed the media hype partially for Strasburg's subpar final few games.
Because, of course, the media put an innings limit on Strasburg and announced it in spring training.
Still, the franchise is in the playoffs for the first time since 1981, and the city of Washington is going to get their first taste of the post season since 1933.
And Rizzo was removing a key arm.
If Gonzalez pitches like he did today and like he has all year, the Strasburg decision will be forgotten quicker. Most teams would be just fine having Jordan Zimmermann, Ross Detwiler and Edwin Jackson as their second, third and fourth pitchers.
Then again, having Gio and Strasburg going 1-2 in a short series would make it almost a lock for Washington.
Well, it seems like a gamble Mike Rizzo is willing to take.
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