While much of the focus last night following the Washington Nationals‘ 10-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers was on Bryce Harper‘s triumphant return to MLB, starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann continued to have the best season of his career.
In six full innings of work, Zimmermann gave up four earned runs on nine hits while striking out five. He actually pitched four shutout innings until giving up two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. He picked up his National League-leading 12th win of the season to move to 12-3 overall.
Zimmermann’s night was not just solid on the mound, he did a little bit damage with his bat as well. He went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. It was the first time in his career that he was perfect from the plate. Not bad for a pitcher.
If there’s any doubt as to who the Nationals’ ace is, it needs to be wiped away. While Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg have been solid this season, nobody has been able to pitch with the consistency that Zimmermann has been able to. Start in and start out, he’s been solid for the Nationals, and he has now extended his home winning streak to 21 games dating back to last season.
Not only should the righty be considered the Nationals’ ace, he should also be tabbed as the National League starter for the MLB All Star Game this July. Zimmermann is in the top-10 in ERA (2.46), WHIP (.94) and has been the NL’s most steady arm this season.
Two seasons ago, Zimmermann was coming off of Tommy Johns Surgery to replace a ligament in his right-pitching elbow. Now, he is arguably the National League’s top pitcher and is certainly in the top-five in MLB.
Give the man his due, NL All-Star manager Bruce Bochy, and give Jordan Zimmermann the nod on July 16 in New York.