We’re only in Spring Training, but Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is in mid-season form. He’s off to a hot start this spring, and his latest piece of work was an absolute gem.
In four innings of work against the New York Yankees on Tuesday afternoon, Zimmermann pitched a perfect 12-up-and-12-down game. He dominated the Yankees’ lineup throughout the outing, striking out four, and made his perfect four innings look effortless.
Don’t discredit Zimmermann’s outing due to a lack of talent hitting against him since it’s Spring Training. Zimmermann pitched against Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Mark Teixeira, Brett Gardner and Grady Sizemore. By no means are those easy outs, and the season outlook for them is positive. On this day, however, Zimmermann made getting them out look like child’s play.
This spring, Zimmermann has yet to give up a run through nine innings of work. He’s struck out nine and has allowed just three hits. Opposing batters have struggled to hit just .097 and just four batters have reached base. It’s difficult to find any pitcher across MLB who has gotten to off to as strong a start as Zimmermann.
One can only hope that this success carries over into the regular season. If he can keep up this level of play, the sky’s the limit for how well he’ll do. An All-Star Game appearance and Cy Young award would be easily achievable goals. In 2013, Zimmermann won 19 games and pitched to a 3.25 ERA in what was by far the best season of his career.
If Spring Training is any indication, we can expect something even better than that this coming year.