Jordan Zimmermann was elected to his second straight All-Star game this season. Unfortunately, due to an injury, Zimmermann was unable to attend the game. The Washington Nationals sent relief pitcher Tyler Clippard in his stand.
Since returning from injury, however, Zimmermann has proven why he received that All-Star bid. On the season, he is 8-5 with a 2.97 earned run average. Zimmermann has been exceptional since the All-Star break, going undefeated for a 3-0 record with a 2.70 ERA.
Coming into the 2014 season, Zimmermann was the foundation of the Nationals’ starting rotation. He finished 2013 with a 19-9 record and seemed poised to lead fellow starters Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg into the new year. No one, not even Zimmermann, could have predicted the tremendous starts that Tanner Roark and Doug Fister would have however. Both pitchers now sit with 12 wins to their name. While Zimmermann had a strong first half of the season, the bicep injury slowed him down.
Now, Zimmermann is back to his All-Star caliber form.
In his most recent start, Zimmermann went eight innings and recorded eight strikeouts. He is back to peak form right when the Nationals need him most. The team will no doubt be proud of their 2014 season when all is said and done, but the Nationals are looking to also make a run in the playoffs. Their ability to win close playoff games will be decided by pitching, and Zimmermann will have to bring his All-Star ability into those matchups.