Originally Posted by JohnAndrew
...but they are! Gio doesn't give up hits or home runs, but people still score runs on him. How? Teams capitalize on the free passes to first!
Gio can miss bats, but he misses the strike zone a lot, too. We could run around in circles saying what would happen if he did put the ball over the plate more. Do his walks go down? Probably. Do the number of hits and home runs off him go up? That's likely too. There's no use in taking that route. Gio issues a lot of walks and that's how teams score on him.
Also, there's no need to qualify what an "elite" ERA is. Anything under 3 is of course very good...personally, I think "elite" is very low 2s, which no one this year has, of course. But the 0.4 he is trailing Cueto by at the moment is fairly substantial.
Let's talk when Gio and the Nationals beat Dickey and the Mets in 4 nights. Your whole opinion on all of this will change. First to 20 wins is going to have a huge leg up on this race.