Washington Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann Goes For His National League Best 17th Win

By James Williams
Brad Mills – USA Today Sports

Tonight the Washington Nationals will send Jordan Zimmermann, who sports a league best record of 16-8, 3.30 ERA to face the New York Mets‘, always tough, Dillion Gee, who steps to the mound with a record of  11-9, 3.53 ERA.

For the Nationals, Zimmermann hopes to secure his National League-best 17th win. Last time out, he allowed two runs on seven hits over seven innings for the victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. However, the last time he faced the Mets things did not go so well. Despite only giving up three runs in seven innings, he lost to New York 3-2 on a game played August 30.

As most Nationals fans know, over his career Gee has been very tough to score on. How about this; since May 30, Gee is 9-3 with a 2.40 ERA, 87 strikeouts and 26 walks in 123.2 innings. As you might expect that puts Gee is some in some very good company. He is ranks along with Jose Fernandez and Clayton Kershaw  as one of the best pitchers in baseball over that time period.

Starting play today the Nationals trail the Cincinnati Reds by seven games in the race for the final NL Wild Card spot with only 20 games left in the 2013 season. When you have only 20 games left in the season, the term “must win” seems fairly obvious.

The Zimmerman and Gee matchup means runs will be hard to come by for both teams. Last night the Nationals scored nine runs as Gio Gonzalez tossed a one hit, complete game shutout. Too bad the Nationals could not have banked a few of those runs because they could use a few tonight.

Rant Sports columnist James Williams is a seven time Emmy Award winning, prouder, director and writer. You can follow him on Twitter @Wordmandc or join his circles at Google +  

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