The Nationals lost yesterday with Stephen Strasburg exiting after only 1 inning pitched and in the 7th Tony Cingrani hit Bryce Harper with a pitch. This is probably due to the fact that Cingrani has failed as a starter and was desinated to the bullpen on a team that kind of sucks. I guess you can't blame Cingrani because by the time Bryce Harper is his age he'll be infinitely more successful and probably be making more money per at bat then he will in his whole career. That is neither here nor there, I suppose. At any rate, Cingrani is no doubt looked at like a total jerk by all of MLB after his comments last night, so even if he doesn't realize it he managed to make himself look like the bad guy. The Nationals were losing and he had no reason to act the way he did. Today, Gio Gonzalez will take on Raisel Iglesias in an afternoon matchup. Hopefully there is no beanball session and the Nationals just make the Reds look like the 4th place team they are.
Gio has had something of an up and down season so far, going from pretty good at times to not so great at others. Though he is kind of hot and cold, Gio usually does a good job of giving his team a chance to win, so long as he manages to keep his cool. In Gio's last 5 games, 2 of them were fairly forgettable, seeing him only go 5 innings and allowing quite a few runs. Gio has what it takes to play well, there is no doubt of this so let's hope that's what we see today. This current Reds lineup has seen Gio a fair number of times and he has quite simply shut them down in that time.
Gio vs. Current Reds
Iglesias is in his first big league season and he's struck out a decent number of batters with an 8.1 K/9, but he's walked quite a few as well at 4.3. Though his ERA is pretty elevated at 4.26, his FIP sits at a nice 2.74, so he may be a good challenge for the Nationals today. Hopefully the Nationals can wait this guy out and get the best of him. Considering Iglesias is seeing a lot of people for the first time and the Nationals are in a different division, there is no sample of him against the current lineup. Take a look at his stats so far this season.
Iglesias's Current Stats