WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Washington Nationals are on pace for 93 wins despite pitcher Gio Gonzalez having his worst season since 2009.
WUSA9's Dave Owens talked to Gonzalez about this season's struggles and if they might keep him off the post-season roster.
"Here you guys are, you're up 7 or 8 games. It's been quite a journey for this baseball team this year," said Owens.
"It's been unbelievable. The fun we've been having in the clubhouse, you know, the electricity from the fans. It's just been, you know -- words cannot describe it. It's almost like a dream," replied Gonzalez.
Owens asked, "Your leadership, your even-keel personality, I think has been tested this year coming in, right? I mean, everyone always says 'that's a 15, 20-game winner.' Has it worked out as well as you may have wanted it this year? Sort of talk about the reasons why."
"It's like one of those seasons that you just can't explain. You just got to keep grinding through it. A lot of pitchers go through up and downs. I've learned and watched from other guys that have pitched, and I'm in a situation where I've been blessed to have four other starters that have been picking me up, stopping the bleeding once it started. Trust me, Dave, if I could there would be a button I'd push quick that would say, 'hey, we're not going to lose today,' but it's baseball," answered Gonzalez.
Then, on to the tough question. "Everyone talks about what is the rotation going to be when it comes out. Maybe Gio is going to be a part of it, maybe he's not. Do you allow yourself to think about that or do you just grind day in and day out?" asked Owens.
"You're not supposed to think about that. Your job is to go out there and pitch...whenever they need you, you go out there. They give you a ball and you're going to pitch. Realistically, I don't feel like I've done anything where it's been drastic changes. I have a hiccup in my career right now. From the injury to now, it's been a journey. You know, that roller coaster ride," said Gonzalez.
"It's like one of those seasons that you just can't explain," says Gonzalez.