A few mph slower than previous seasons, Gonzalez fastball may have been the most affected by his shoulder injury. He allowed far too many hits and home runs in his three short stints at the beginning of last season.
Gonzalez gets plenty of hitters to chase out of the zone with this splitter. This is his pitch to get ground balls, yet like most of his pitches in 2018, he struggled produce bad contact. Despite that he still had a close to 20% whiff rate.
Possibly due to his injury, Gonzalez left his slider on a tee for hitters. A nearly 90% contact rate and a 50% line-drive rate resulted in a 1.154 slugging against, and few bad starts.
Gonzalez’s curve was a few mph slower than previous seasons, possibly due to his shoulder injury. Despite this, he was effective, recording no hits against and getting many batters to pop it up.
In his short season, Gonzalez did not allow nearly enough ground balls as you would want or expect with his two-seamer. He was also a bit more wild than usual.