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Nats who’s hot/who’s not-5/8

May 8, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

Photo by USA Today

By Michael Huberman
CSNwashington.com
After winning Wednesday and Thursday to split their series against the Atlanta Braves, the Nationals took two of three against a tough Pittsburgh Pirates squad to complete their road trip at 4-3. With a scheduled day off Monday, and rain cancelling their Tuesday matchup against the Detroit Tigers, the Nationals will finally play on Wednesday when Jordan Zimmermann faces off against longtime Nationals nemesis Anibal Sanchez. Here’s a look at five players who were hot, and five players who were not over the past week. 

HOT: 

Jordan Zimmermann, SP – 1-0/0.00 ERA/8 IP/8 SO /0.25 WHIP
Through five weeks, Zimmermann’s been a mainstay on the list thanks in part to his 5-1 start to the 2013 season. For obvious reasons, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez get a lion’s share of the attention, but right now Zimmermann is staking his claim as one of the best pitchers in baseball. Zimmermann is also shutting down the best teams, as evidenced by his 17 scoreless innings against Atlanta and Cincinnati.

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  1. Eric - May 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    This new post brought to you by Zack Cozart's homer against the Braves, bottom of the 3rd, 2 out. 1 – 0 Reds.Woo!

  2. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 8, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Uggla, ugly.

  3. Eric - May 8, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Bummer.

  4. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Both Uptons are on the bench.

  5. Section 222 - May 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    But Zimmerman showed little rust coming off the DL That's being overly charitable. He was pretty darn rusty on Friday with that golden sombero. But he does seem to have shaken it off. Hopefully he's ready to heat up, and not get too many routine chances while he's getting his arm into shape.

  6. Harpo - May 8, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    "SCNatsFan said… Take note ballplayers, this is how you should act."While that is great to see, you are only getting a small moment in the life of Matt Kemp. There was a film crew taping that with Kemp so I did see it. What does Kemp do with the other few hours a day when a camera crew isn't around. Along those lines and not the same situation however the way some celebrities like to think they are doing great charity work, I don't get too excited about Oprah giving away cars provided by a car company as an advertising promotion. That's not phianthropy although Oprah would like you to believe that as would Harpo Entertainment.Many players do random acts of kindness that are done far outside of the cameras and never mentioned in the media.

  7. Faraz Shaikh - May 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    What a guy! I root for this guy to start doing well again.

  8. SCNatsFan - May 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Harpo it might have been a sound bite, might have been to look great on reality TV, might be because he kicked his dog that morning but it still made the guys day. Kudos to the ex Spo Wallach for giving the fan his ear.

  9. bowdenball - May 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    One player who doesn't need any notes on how to interact with fans is Ian Desmond. I've never seen a player in any major sport as fan-friendly as Desmond He goes above and beyond all the time, cameras or not. We're very lucky to have him.

  10. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Faraz, root for him after the Nats series ;)

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    bowdenball, I agree about Desmond. He's amazing. Doesn't get enough credit and does it when people aren't around to film him doing so much more than signing autographs. He now has that charity he also does. He much give 10 to 20 minutes a day to greet people and probably a lot more away from the stadium. Way under-rated.Dan Uggla just hit his 2nd HR.

  12. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 8, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Section 222 said… The obvious ones being Harper and JZnn? May 08, 2013 1:39 PM Sec. 3, My Sofa said… Deuces, yes, that's who I had in mind. I picked Harper, JZim and Desmond for the All Stars on the pre-season prediction list and hoping Desmond picks it up to get into the discussion and Harper and JZim stay on the Hot List.http://www.natsinsider.com/2013/04/2013-media-predictions.html

  13. Section 222 - May 8, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    I picked Harper, JZnn, and Desi preseason as well. Unfortunately, I also picked Stras and ALR. :-)

  14. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM

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  15. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 8, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Sec222, that is funny. I think Stras could still put it together. He will get at least 10 more starts before Bochy names his pitchers.

  16. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 8, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Not a double-switch, JUpton replaces Gattis in the 7th.

  17. Section 222 - May 8, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Sure hope so Ghost. But I'll be fine with JZnn representing our rotation at the ASG. He deserves it. Hey, the suns out downtown. JZnn vs. ASanchez tonight. Woo hoo!!

  18. 3on2out - May 8, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Harpo, your cynic is showing. The article in the LA Times made it clear that Kemp did NOT know he was being taped. The segment was recorded on someone's smartphone. Hardly a "camera" crew. From the Times: "Kemp didn't know anybody was watching. When he reached the figure in the hooded blue sweatshirt sitting motionless in the front row, he thought the encounter would be quick and forgettable."

  19. Section 222 - May 8, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Ghost, I notice you're not as confident about ALR. Yeah, me either.

  20. SCNatsFan - May 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Wow Halladay out for the year shoulder surgery

  21. Ivan Tuski - May 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Boycott concessions until the nats change their rainout policy

  22. Dominats Vobiscum - May 8, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    LaRoche couldn't make the All Star team last year when he had the hottest start of his career. There's no way he's going to make it this year coming off his slowest start ever.

  23. Eric - May 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Ugg…Braves grand slam. 7 – 1, top of the 8th.

  24. Steady Eddie - May 8, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Ugh. Two Reds relievers melt down, Juan Francisco grannie gives Barves 7-1 lead in the 8th.So it would really help to get a win tonight.

  25. Eric - May 8, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Yup.

  26. Section 222 - May 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Yup, ALR isn't going to make the ASG. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict that now. Neither will Espi, or Zim.

  27. Faraz Shaikh - May 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    SCNatsFan, on their site it says roy is hopeful about pitching later in the season.

  28. Faraz Shaikh - May 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    GoSM, that was the plan. Wish him well against everyone except Nats.

  29. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Sect222 @ 2:43, yah, ALR would have to hit .450 for the next 6 weeks and put on a bunch of XBH and still wouldn't ve guaranteed a ASG spot.

  30. SCNatsFan - May 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Faraz the article read said he was hopeful to pitch… next year. Wonder what the truth is, not that it matters to us. Couldn't happen to a nicer team.

  31. baseballswami - May 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    I I like it when our players get chosen because of the recognition and respect. But I sometimes think it's better for our team if they get some R and R. The ASG is so far away. Who knows what players will be hot? Mostly a personality contest and a reflection of the teams with huge fan bases. I am cynical about the process. Someday I would love to watch two teams that are truly made up of the very best players.

  32. baseballswami - May 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    ATL reliever just gave up a home run. Yes, it's still a blow out, but is this a trend?

  33. Section 222 - May 8, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Ghost, if ALR hits .450 for the next 6 weeks with lots of XBH, I'll bet Bochey would pick him. One good thing is that managers want to win these games so their time will have home field advantage in the WS. So they're looking to fill their rosters with good, hot players if they can. But even if ALR's slow start is over, he won't hit that well.

  34. sjm308 - May 8, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Not thinking LaRoche has a chance no matter how well he does with that slow start but the NL lost a bunch of great firstbasemen in the past few years. I guess Votto is the lock. I don't look at stats that much but except for A. Gonzalez and Todd Helton there really aren't many "name" players. I do agree that as well as he hit last year, to not be named says a great deal. Freeman and Craig are about the only others I can pull out of my limited memory.

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