Strasburg started yesterday after having missed his previous scheduled start with a shoulder issue. Unfortunately for the big right-hander, it was not a happy welcome back game. He only lasted 3.1 innings and allowed 8 runs (7 earned). Though it was not a great way to come back, pitchers often have a rough first game back after some sort of injury, so we'll look to see how things go with Strasburg down the line. This afternoon, Gio will take on the Dbacks right-hander Jeremy Hellickson in an attempt to pick up the series win.
Gio Gonzalez has really been solid for the Nationals lately. His last two starts he's gone 7 innings and allowed only 3 runs and struck out 17 hitters in that time. Gio has done an excellent job of keeping the walks down as well, having only allowed 3 in the last 2 games he's started. Should Gio continue his the trend he's been on, he'll have no problem against the Dbacks in the afternoon matchup. Gio hasn't seen a whole lot of the Dbacks, which is pretty typical of an Eastern division pitcher going up against Western division rivals. In the times he's seen them though, he has not allowed much at all.
Gio vs. Current Diamondbacks
Jeremy Hellickson has not had a spectacular season, with his ERA closer to 6 than it is to 5, which would still be bad. Though most of his other numbers are in line with what is normal for him, that isn't currently helping him much. He hasn't lasted long in most of his starts either, only going past the 6th inning twice in his 6 starts this season. All the other ones saw him leave in the 5th or very shortly thereafter. Hellickson has spent a long time in the AL as a Tampa Bay Ray and he has only seen 2 current Nationals as a result. Take a look at some of his career stats for the sake of gathering some info on him.
Hellickson's Career Stats
|162 Game Avg.||12||11||3.88||35||33||195||186||88||84||25||64||141||4.36||1.284||3.0||6.5|
|TBR (5 yrs)||40||36||3.78||115||108||640.0||597||284||269||83||210||463||4.36||1.261||3.0||6.5|
|ARI (1 yr)||1||3||5.85||6||6||32.1||45||21||21||4||11||25||4.24||1.732||3.1||7.0|
|AL (5 yrs)||40||36||3.78||115||108||640.0||597||284||269||83||210||463||4.36||1.261||3.0||6.5|
|NL (1 yr)||1||3||5.85||6||6||32.1||45||21||21||4||11||25||4.24||1.732||3.1||7.0|