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Zimmermann: Mission accomplished

Oct 2, 2010, 3:50 AM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jordan Zimmermann finished the season with back-to-back strong outings.

NEW YORK — Had this 2-1, 10-inning loss to the Mets taken place in May or even July, the most significant development of the evening might have been the Nationals' utter lack of offense against Pat Misch and Hisanori Takahashi. Or it might have been the game-winning homer surrendered by Tyler Clippard to Josh Thole. Or perhaps the brutally botched fly ball to straightaway left field that wound up on the ground because Nyjer Morgan inexplicably ran all the way over from center field and got in Justin Maxwell's way.

No, this wasn't exactly a well-played game from the Nationals' perspective. And had it taken place earlier in the season, or with more on the line, there would have been plenty to pick apart and analyze.

But this being Game 160 of what will ultimately be at least a 92-loss season, the most significant development tonight was the one real positive thing to happen from the Nats' perspective: Jordan Zimmermann's six stellar innings on the mound.

"That's the bright spot of the night," Jim Riggleman said, "his performance."

It may seem like sugarcoating to focus on the guy who pitched the first six innings of a 10-inning game and who didn't factor into the eventual outcome. But let's be honest here. In the grand scheme ofRead more ยป

  1. Sec3MySofa - Oct 2, 2010 at 3:58 AM

    Watching Giants-Padres on MLB–SF is giving away a new Prius, among other things, for Fan Appreciation Day Sunday (no, just one, not everybody).What was the grand prize here, this past week?Just as well. Some Phillie fan would probably have won it.Sigh.

  2. Doc - Oct 2, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Good article on JZim Mark. Hard work and dedication will mostly pay off.As part of next year's "intact OF", only Morse did his job last night. Too bad Maxwell and Morgan couldn't 'rehab' like J. Zim. So far only Morse and Willingham look like consistent performers. Bernie needs to come out of spring like his first half of 2010–in CF. Riggleman needs to get real on his Morgan delusions. Last night was an opportunity for him to get it straight.It will be disappointing for the fans if the current array of OFs is all the Nats have to offer for 2011.

  3. JayB - Oct 2, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Uh Hello Mark….it clearly is not just me who sees Current Outfield as a Big PROBLEM…..Morgan especially… way they don't see the issues here….so, 1. Can you please weigh in with your opinion on this?2. Can you ask some more pointed questions with data points to see how they are rationalizing what clearly is BS3. Do you think they are just trying to get trade value to something above a bag of balls for Morgan.4. How much is Rizzo's ego and pride playing into the OF and Morgan specifically plan. Milledge did not work for PIT either…that part of the trade turned out to be no value for no value….but does Rizzo have to win that that part of the trade in his mind?

  4. natsfan1a - Oct 2, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    sec3, and their ballpark was privately funded. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Feel Wood - Oct 2, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    "Sec3MySofa said…What was the grand prize here, this past week?"They did give away a Sony Bravia big screen TV to some random fan in the stands at the last home game on Wednesday. Also they gave away a signed Strasburg jersey and some plaque thingy containing Strasburg mound dirt to other random fans. And a week or two ago everyone's favorite blogger Nats320 was complaining that they gave away two free airline tickets to anywhere Southwest flies to some random fan who wasn't even wearing any Nats gear, instead of giving them to some loyal fan decked head to toe in red (such as himself). So there's that.And from your sofa, you had just as much chance to win those things as you do the car in SF.

  6. Section 222 - Oct 2, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    @sec3, you mean you didn't think the giveaways of $50 Harris Teeter gift cards and some unclaimed promotional items from earlier in the year (when they said they were all gone at the time) to a few lucky fans was AWESOME? What an ingrate you are!How about that showing by the Nats' outfield on the day that Riggleman said we were likely to stand pat in the outfield? The fact that he is ok with that and is still hoping that Maxwell at age 27 miraculously develops into a major league hitter speaks volumes. (And no, he's not a gold glove fielder out there either.) In my view, we need a manager who is not content with losing. And a new CF. At least.

  7. Anonymous - Oct 2, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    I thought we weren't allowed to have dissent. The Lerner mind control machine only lets us see the positives. Zimmermann, the pitcher on an otherwise lousy team had a good night against a "B" line-up. World Series next year!

  8. BinM - Oct 2, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    FeelWood: Nats320 should have won those tickets, only to find the following "small print" caveats – 1) Vouchers are accepted out of BWI only, 2) Vouchers are for Coach class seating, and cannot be upgraded, 3) Return flight arraingements will be Stand-by only, and 4) Vouchers are only redeemable during non-peak periods (at the discretion of Southwest Airlines). The backlash from something like that would have been rich, don't you think?

  9. Anonymous8 - Oct 2, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    BinM, my stomach just turned rehashing that loser Nats320. Yuck. Talking about changes at Nats Park next year, is there any chance of shipping that dynamic duo up to Orioles Park? I hear they need some "true" fans.Back to Jordan Z'mann, I think he will emerge as the #1 in 2011. His fast ball looks great and his breaking pitch can be a knee bender.

  10. afl shop - May 20, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Zimmermann managed to put up an impressive season-ender of six innings.



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