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Gio pumped up during Nats debut

Mar 6, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

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Gio Gonzalez tossed three scoreless innings today against the Braves.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — When Gio Gonzalez's first pitch as a member of the Nationals clocked in at 94 mph, eyebrows began to raise. When his final pitch of the first inning registered 95 mph, conspiracy theories suddenly abounded.

Does Gonzalez usually hit 95 mph the first time he takes the mound for spring training?

"No," he said. "I'm always at 105."

The left-hander cracked a wide smile, and why not at the end of a very impressive debut performance in the Nationals' 5-2 exhibition win over the Braves. Over three sparkling innings, Gonzalez allowed just one hit and one walk, striking out two and consistently throwing his fastball around 92-93 mph (his average velocity last season was 92.8 mph).

But about that 95 mph on a fastball to Freddie Freeman to end the bottom of the first…

"I think their guns were juiced a little bit," Gonzalez said. "So I don't know if it was really 95. But my adrenaline was kicking. My arm feltRead more ยป

  1. baseballswami - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Music to my Nats-fan ears!Jordan tomorrow!

  2. Anonymous - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    1 BB in 3 innings?! Nice!dfh21

  3. Sec 3, My Sofa - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Is Scooter still down there? Can't miss Jordan.

  4. MurrayTheRed - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    All is good in NatsTown.

  5. sm13 - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Gio is my hero!

  6. sm13 - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Gio is my hero!

  7. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Scooter is flying back tonite. I enjoyed hanging with him and his Dad over the weekend.He got to see my "under the radar" guy, Christian Garcia in the minor league intersquad game yesterday afernoon.

  8. MicheleS - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    NatsJack.. did you see the reports of Nats moving to Ft Myers? Gammons tweeted earlier today about it.

  9. Anonymous - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    I thought Jordan Zimmermann was the No. 2 starter and Gio was #3.

  10. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Actually, one of my projects is the Lee County Fire Administration Facility that has been on hold for 18 months. Money is a big issue down there.However, that has been talk for about a year now concerning the Nats. Alot will depend on how big the renovation (and knowing the facility, it will be substantial) is that the Nats expect.

  11. JaneB - Mar 7, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Is this a typo? JORDAN IS THE NUMBER TWO GUY IN OUR ROTATION! AT least that's what I thought. And hoped. Even though I am loving Gio.

  12. Unkyd - Mar 7, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    I doubt Stras, Gio, and Zimnn are stressing much over 1,2 or 3…. So it's all good to me, as long as they're wearing Curly Ws…

  13. sm13 - Mar 7, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    We have 3 number 1s. The order is kind of irrelevant.

  14. MicheleS - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    I think the only reason he is considered "#2" is he is a lefty and they want to break up the power righties. (and I would love to have JZNN get the first start – he deserves and it will probably be his last opportunity to be the opening day starter)But yes SM13 is right, we have 3 number 1s.. order is irrelevant…

  15. MicheleS - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    And for your viewing pleasure tonight.. Instead of Spring training replay of today's game – We have Nats Classic, last year Stras's Return.

  16. bdrube - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    All those who were fretting about what we gave up in the Gio trade can now chill out and take a pill for the moment. We got a potential top notch starter for four guys who may never establish themselves as solid major leaguers. Not that I'll be rooting against them, but Peacock had had only one great season, Milone was a Lannan clone, Norris's drop off in offensive production was worrisome and Cole was still four levels removed from playing in the bigs.

  17. SCNatsFan - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    I think the debate who is 1, 2 or 3 is a media driven argument or someone who posts who isn't familiar with the idea that the team comes first. While I suspect SS, Zimm and Gio all want to be pushed and be considered #1 I would bet as long as the team wins they will be happy with the day they get the ball.

  18. JaneB - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Okay. I'll pipe down now, I just didn't want Jordan dissed. I already love Gio but it feels like Jordan is doomed to be in the shadows if only because he's on the same team with Stras.

  19. Waddu eye no - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    "No," he said. "I'm always at 105."Natitude

  20. baseballswami - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    How about 1a, 1b and 1c? But — Jordan is the true number one with this fan!!!!! By the way, Tommy Milone did a fantastic job with the A's today, Peacock not so much last night, though. I do wish them well. I think the best trades are the ones where things work out for both teams. I am taking to Gio more each day.

  21. MicheleS - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Umm.. we already have a 1A…She is eating bon bon's right now because it's a marathon not a sprint…

  22. Cwj - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Gio is awesome. Seeing a couple interviews with him, he seems like a classy guy.Btw, last year he threw his curveball 27.8% of the time which was the 3rd highest % in MLB. And opponents had only a .696 OPS against that pitch, second best among leftie starters.If his walks go down this year, he'll be something to see this season.All of the Nats starting 4 will be very, very good.

  23. SCNatsFan - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    cwj, I agree, the top 4 will be solid and if it falls as a true 5 vs 5 on another team I think our 5th guy will be solid. If this team fails this year it won't be because of the starters or the pen – knock on wood they all stay healthy.

  24. Cwj - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    I think the rotation order may be something like, 1. Zimmermann (R)2. Gonzalez (L)3. Strasburg (R)4. Jackson (R)5. Hopefully a leftie like Lannan or Detwiler.That order would be a nice split between righties and lefties, and not based on who is better than who.

  25. natsfan1a - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Thanks for having my back, MicheleS. Actually, there's a 1b and a 1c as well (my Chicago baseball buddy and my hubby). :-) But how did you know I was eating bon-bons? On the pitcher front, I think it's a nice problem to have, debating which pitcher is the number one.MicheleS said… Umm.. we already have a 1A…She is eating bon bon's right now because it's a marathon not a sprint… March 06, 2012 9:23 PM

  26. HHover - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    CwjAgreed on all the above–but with the proviso that if Gio's walks don't go down, he could end up being a mild to significant disappointment, esp. to those folks who have inflated expectations for him. His WHIP last year was pretty pedestrian (b/c of all those walks) and he got lucky in LOB.

  27. Cwj - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    We should add "Mid-Season Form" to the cliche list :-)That's a phrase I've read about a thousand times since ST began.

  28. natsfan1a - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    That's a good one, too, Cwj.

  29. Anonymous - Mar 7, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Especially when the players are " in the best shape of their lives" ;) ;)

  30. realdealnats - Mar 7, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Stras-r, Gio-l, Zimm-r, Jackson-r, Lannan-lWang DL to postpone the ultimate decision between him and LannanStore Gor in Cuse if possible til you can trade the salaryDet becomes big lefty in BP, Mattheus goes northlater than sooner–maybe Sept–maybe next year Rendon at 2B or SS, later than sooner–Upton CF–maybe July, better be by January2013

  31. sjm308 - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    Realdeal – if we could get Gorzo through waivers, I would agree but someone will snatch him up – I loved Mattheus last year and think he will be just fine. Davey likes him as well which is important. I realize Gorzo has just pitched once and there is plenty of time to sort things out but what a great problem to have!! I have Lannen starting in Syr. which will be tough for him but Wang, if he is pitching like last year will absolutely be the best #5 in baseball!! No matter who our #5 is, I am predicting 12 or more wins from that spot! Go Nats!

  32. Sec 3, My Sofa - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    If any one of seven or eight guys gets hurt, or is seriously ineffective, over the next couple of weeks, the decision on Lannan/Wang/Detwiler is made. Nothing to sweat, yet, here.

  33. realdealnats - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    sjm308Everything you say makes sense. More sense than me. Lannan to Cuse is the predictable move. Especially given what do you do with Wang. And if Wang is healthy then he is a great asset. I was only speaking from intuition that whatever happens, the decision will be to keep two lefties in the rotation. Don't know why I feel that. Just do. And you're absolutely right about Gorzo, he won't make it through waivers. And for all we know he will be back on track next couple outings and this will prove moot. But if he is not, and someone claims him, then at least we lose his salary. Not that I mind spending the Lerners' money. And I agree, lots of good win/win decisions here. Davey and many of us mention Rendon at 2B. Can he play SS? It would keep him on the left side of the infield. And Espi could stay at 2B. Espi at SS is fine with me, my question is which is the smarter move for Rendon? I think Desi's months are numbered. If not days. I too like the idea of Mattheus in the Bigs.

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