Colorado Rockies: The Washington Nationals could be a trade partner

MIAMI, FL - JULY 26: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals in the dugout before the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 26, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 26: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals in the dugout before the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 26, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – JULY 23: Gio Gonzalez #47 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 23, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI – JULY 23: Gio Gonzalez #47 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 23, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Gio Gonzalez

Gio Gonzalez is a starter that the Rockies could be interested in for bolstering their starting rotation.

This year, Gonzalez is 6-7 with a 3.94 ERA in 20 starts. His FIP is 4.01, which is not great, nor is his walk rate (4.4 per nine innings). Last year, he came in 6th in the NL Cy Young Award voting with a 15-9 record with a 2.96 ERA in 32 starts.

His postseason track record is less than stellar as well in six starts.

Postseason Pitching Game Log
Year Series Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str GSc
2012 NLDS g1 STL W,3-2 5.0 1 2 2 7 5 0 3.60 110 59 55
2012 NLDS g5 STL L,7-9 5.0 5 3 3 4 5 0 4.50 99 56 46
2014 Year Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str GSc
2014 NLDS g4 SFG L,2-3 4.0 4 2 0 1 1 0 0.00 55 37 50
2016 Year Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str GSc
2016 NLDS g3 LAD W,8-3 4.1 4 3 3 1 4 1 6.23 83 48 46
2017 Year Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str GSc
2017 NLDS g2 CHC W,6-3 5.0 3 3 3 2 6 2 5.40 83 51 53
2017 NLDS g5 CHC L,8-9 3.0 3 3 3 4 5 0 6.75 67 39 42
26.1 20 16 14 19 26 3 4.78

Gonzalez is a free agent at the end of the season so he, in all likelihood, he would be rental option for the rotation if the Rockies were to trade for him but as you may see by the numbers, he would not be an ideal fit for the team.

Ryan Madson

Ryan Madson is another reliever in the Nationals bullpen that could be traded. Madson, who will be 38 in late August, has had a bit of a rough season in 2018 after an excellent 2017 season. This year, he has a 4.66 ERA in 41 appearances with four saves. His main issue is that he is allowing 10.3 hits per nine innings but he is also walking more batters as well. Just take a look at the difference in stats between his 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Standard Pitching
Year W L ERA G H ER HR BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
2017 5 4 1.83 60 38 12 2 9 67 235 1.99 0.797 5.8 0.3 1.4 10.2 7.44
2018 2 4 4.66 41 42 19 3 15 33 92 3.74 1.555 10.3 0.7 3.7 8.1 2.20

However, he does have extensive postseason experience as he has pitched in 46 postseason games with an ERA of 2.85.

He would also be a rental as he is a free agent at the end of the season.

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