All throughout the season, Washington Nationals‘ Ryan Zimmerman has struggled from the plate. He’s failed to deliver in late-game situations where it matters most and he just hasn’t been his regular self. This month, he’s turned it around and has become one of baseball’s most dangerous hitters.
The month of September has been a great one for the 28-year-old third baseman. He’s batting a season-best .323 with a .790 slugging percentage. Zimmerman has hit nine home runs this month including a stretch where he homered in six of seven games. He’s recorded 12 RBI, knocked 20 hits and has scored 17 times. While Jayson Werth was the driving force of their success in the month of August, it’s been all Ryan Zimmerman in September.
Tuesday night was just another example of the face of the franchise coming up big. In the bottom of the eighth against the Atlanta Braves, the Nationals found themselves up by one run, but needing insurance. Zimmerman delivered with a solo-shot to right-center field that sparked a three-run rally in the inning.
Throughout June, July and August, Zimmerman was searching for some offense as he hit below the .300 mark through all three months. Throughout those three months combined, he hit nine homers. As stated above, he’s hit that mark with a little over a week left in this month. At the rate he’s going, we still may seem him surpass the 30 home run mark before the season is over (he currently sits at 25 on the year).
It’s no secret that the Nationals need a miracle to make the postseason, but that doesn’t mean they can’t try. All they can really do is keep winning. With Zimmerman swinging the bat like he his, it doesn’t look like they’ll be losing anytime soon. In games where Zimmerman hits a dinger, the Nationals are 18-4.
He may be growing old by baseball standards, but Ryan Zimmerman is proving this month that he’s still got it. He’s been swinging the bat well, playing the hot corner much better on defense and is looking like the All-Star that we’re used to seeing. Especially this month, Zimmerman has been one of the MLB‘s most dangerous hitters and one of the best all-around players in the league.