Zimmermann put together his best start of the season on the mound, which is saying something considering the fact that he’s been stellar all season long.
He gave the Nationals six shutout innings while striking out six Marlins batters. The win represented a reversal of fortune for Zimmermann, as he was previously 0-3 with a 4.81 ERA over the course of his career against the Marlins.
Zimmermann has now gone at least six innings in all of his 18 starts this season, and has also allowed two runs or fewer in his past six starts.
Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez may get all the attention in the Nationals’ rotation, but Zimmermann is quietly having one of the best seasons for a pitcher in the National League.
On the year, he is now 6-6 with a 2.48 ERA.
Zimmerman, the third baseman, put together quite a nice game himself. He teed off for his ninth home run of the season in the fourth inning off Josh Johnson, and also pitched in with two more hits later in the contest.
After slumping early on this season, Zimmerman has turned it on of late. He has gotten his batting average up to the .250 mark and has been a run-producer for much of the last month.
While .250 is not where Zimmerman wants his batting average to finish, he’ll take it for now. Considering where he started, it’s a very nice improvement.
The Zimmerman(n)’s are a big reason why the Nationals are now 50-34. Washington is the first team in the National League to reach the 50-win plateau, and just the third team in baseball to accomplish the feat.
The Nationals seem to be separating themselves from the rest of the NL East, and it’s just a matter of time before they claim one of the National League’s playoff spots.