Jordan Zimmermann continued his hot start on the hill this season with another dominating performance against the Detroit Tigers. Zimmermann allowed only one run in seven innings to earn the win and improve his record to an impressive 6-1.
The Washington Nationals knew they had a young star last season when Zimmermann went 12-8 while posting a very good 2.94 earned run average. This season, he has exceeded all expectations to and has shown that he is maybe the best pitcher on this very good staff.
In his last three games, he is a combined 3-0 against three quality teams. In those three starts, Zimmermann has thrown 24 innings while allowing only a single run on 10 combined hits. In one of those starts, against the Cincinnati Reds, he allowed only one hit and one walk in a complete game shutout in which he was only given one run of support.
The Nationals have a lot of young talent both in their line-up and on their pitching staff, but not everyone has gotten off to a great start for them. Luckily, Zimmermann has and he has been able to rack up six wins in his seven starts while not getting that much run support. He has been the ace of the staff so far and is the main reason the Nationals are sitting three games over .500 right now and not at .500.
If he can keep up his 1.59 ERA and 0.82 WHIP, Zimmermann can potentially be the Cy Young winner at the end of the season, but there are a lot of games left before that is even a discussion.