As curveball eludes him, Gio's pitch counts soar

As curveball eludes him, Gio's pitch counts soar
August 17, 2014, 11:15 am
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Gio Gonzalez has never been the most efficient pitcher in the league, but his inefficiency has reached new depths this season, especially in the last month.

The left-hander’s latest laborious outing: Last night’s 5-inning slog, in which he threw 102 pitches. This, on the heels of a 111-pitch, 4 2/3-inning start in Atlanta.

Do the math: Yep, combine those two starts and Gonzalez has now thrown 213 pitches over his last 9 2/3 innings. The strange part: He has given up only five runs in that span, hardly a ridiculously high total.

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