Scherzer was on his game yesterday at Miller Park and the Nationals benefitted greatly from it. Scherzer was perfect until he allowed a single to Carlos Gomez in the 7th. Regardless of the fact that Scherzer didn't get the no-hitter, it was just what the Nationals needed because they hadn't won a series in so long. Hopefully this is the beginning of being on the right path for the Nationals who have struggled for the entirety of June. Tonight, Gio Gonzalez will take on Erasmo Ramirez and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Pete.
Gio has had a pretty solid couple of starts in his last 2 games, going at least 6 frames and allowing no more than 2 runs each time. Gio has had an in between season so far this year, but through it all he is still Gio and he could very well have an excellent game tonight. It is not uncommon for Gio to walk a lot of guys, nor is it uncommon for him to strike out a bunch of guys. Hopefully we see more of the latter tonight than the former. the current lineup of Rays players haven't seen a whole lot of Gio, so take the sample below with a grain of salt and expect to see a decent number of players Gio has never faced.
Gio vs. Current Rays
Erasmo Ramirez is having something of a pretty typical season for himself. He hasn't had the greatest success, but his stats look fairly decent on paper, though nothing to write home about. He has had one game all year where he's made it through 7 innings and otherwise it is not too uncommon for him to have an early exit from the game. He's spent a large portion of his time in the bullpen, so it is possible he just hasn't fully stretched out just yet. Ramirez has faced only 2 Nationals who has lit him up, Jose Lobaton and Yunel Escobar. Other than that, he has seen nothing of the Nationals, so take a look at some of his career numbers.
Ramirez's Career Stats
|162 Game Avg.||8||9||4.69||40||28||168||164||93||87||23||58||135||723||4.50||1.326||8.8||3.1||7.3|
|SEA (3 yrs)||7||12||4.62||47||35||206.2||208||114||106||31||72||165||897||4.66||1.355||9.1||3.1||7.2|
|TBR (1 yr)||5||2||4.96||15||8||52.2||46||30||29||4||18||44||220||3.85||1.215||7.9||3.1||7.5|