They say there’s nothing like a little hometown cooking to make things all better. For Zimmermann, that statement could not be more correct. Dating back to May 17, 2012, the Nationals have not lost a home game when Zimmermann was the starter. For those that are counting, that is a home-winning streak of 19 games.
Tonight, Zimmermann will have to earn win number 20 by facing a team that has had some success against him in the past. In his lifetime against the Diamondbacks, Zimmermann has a BAA of .333 and an ERA of 3.55, and has lost his only two home starts against Arizona. However, Zimmermann has showed this season that his struggles are a thing of the past.
In eight home starts this season, Zimmermann is 7-0 with a complete game and a stellar 0.92 ERA. He’s given up just one home run and has struck out 38 batters while walking just nine. Opposing batters have struggled to a .192 batting average. His most recent start last week against the Colorado Rockies was one of his best. The right-hander went eight innings and gave up one unearned run on six hits.
In three home starts this month, Zimmermann is 2-0 and has given up three unearned runs on just 12 hits in 23 innings of work. In all three starts, he’s gone at least seven innings and has struck out 21 batters while walking just four. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, they appear to be catching Zimmermann at his best so far this season.
The Cy Young season continues for Washington Nationals’ All-Star hopeful tonight.