There weren’t too many people that guessed that the Washington Nationals would have this much trouble to begin the 2013 season. The team has been stuck around the .500 team most of the year, but there has been one shining star in their starting rotation outside of the injury to Stephen Strasburg: Jordan Zimmermann is 9-3 with a 2.00 ERA and has become the team’s No. 1 starter.
The Nationals can’t trust Strasburg for a full season right now. This has led to the team trusting Zimmermann more and more, and I don’t blame them for doing that because he has done everything he can and more. He has 11 quality starts in 13 outings this season and has struck out 61 hitters in 94.2 innings.
If the Nationals are going to turn things around and make the playoffs, it is going to be up to Zimmermann.
I had very high expectations of Washington this year, and the team has disappointed thus far. We will have to see if Zimmermann can continue pitching the way he has this year. He could find his way to the Cy Young award if he can win 20-22 games and has an ERA around 2.60.
I don’t think those are totally unrealistic goals to have for him. The Nationals need him more than ever with all the other issues going on, and must now wait and hope that he can carry this team back to the playoffs.