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Nats who’s hot/who’s not-6/26

Jun 26, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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By Michael Huberman

CSNwashington.com

Record: 4-3
Runs per game: 4.42
Opponent runs per game: 3.85
Team slash: .252/.298/.395
Opponent slash: .259/.295/.381
Team ERA: 3.52
HOT:
Stephen Strasburg, SP – 1-0/1 ER/7 IP/5 H/9 SO
After his dominant outing Friday night against the Rockies, Strasburg has now given up just two runs in twelve innings since coming off the disabled list. Some will look at Strasburg’s 4-6 record and think he hasn’t performed up to expectations, but a closer look at his number reveals just how good he’s been this year. As Mark Zuckerman highlighted in his piece on some of the Nats’ more surprising stats, Strasburg ranks in the top ten in the National League in ERA (2.40), strikeouts per nine innings (8.97) and hits per nine innings (6.67).
Jordan Zimmermann, SP – 1-0/0 ER/8 IP/6 H/9 K
Zimmermann latest outing served as yet another piece of evidence to support his candidacy to start the All-Star Game for National League. The competition is tough with Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright, Patrick Corbin, and Matt Harvey all having legitimate cases to make the start. Whether Harvey gets the nod in front of the hometown Citi Field crowd remains to be seen, but Zimmermann’s numbers (10-3, 2.26 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 5.07 K/BB ratio) stack up well against his rivals.

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  1. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Suzuki’s been in a tough spot due to Wilson Ramos’ injury issues, but the 29-year-old has really struggled at the plate. Jesus Flores says hello.

  2. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    A local Chicago angle on Edwin Jackson. FWIW.Big inning again does in Cubs' Jackson

  3. Tcostant - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    I for one would like to see the Onion more than once a week, before Ramos is back.

  4. Doc - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Ramos is going on his 2nd year of being out of the lineup. Being without a 1st string C for 2 years, it's time that Rizzo found someone to help Zuk.Zuk is great at handling the pitchers, but he's now hitting below what he was when we got him from the A's.Haven't heard Davey saying lately that the Nats organization is deep in catching—probably because they're not!

  5. SonnyG10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Rendon has been pretty hot on offense. I think he should be included.

  6. Drew - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    In his 44 at bats at Syracuse, Danny Espinosa has struck out 27 times.

  7. UNTERP - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Drew said… In his 44 at bats at Syracuse, Danny Espinosa has struck out 27 times.It's good to see Danny improving…

  8. Drew - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    In 95 major league at bats, Rendon has struck out 17 times.

  9. David Proctor - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    LOL Ian on the radio just now. He was asked about the offense letting down the pitching and he said "Part of it's their fault too. Stephen won a silver slugger last year and he's hitting like .130 right now!"

  10. Tcostant - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    David I heard that too. For the rest, Desi was clearly kidding…

  11. Doc - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Thanks for the quote from Desi, David.It's because of comments like that, and because he's one of the last Expos, that Desi is my favorite player, and always will be!Goooooooooooooo Desi! GoooooooooooooNats!!!!!

  12. David Proctor - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    I know this is a baseball blog, but Aaron Hernandez was just charged with murder. Insane.

  13. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    David Proctor at 1:53. Desi with the line of the day!

  14. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Doc, like I said yesterday the Nats depth of top prospect position players in the Minors is barren and that includes catchers. Brian Goodwin isn't close to MLB ready. Who can you trade besides Espi and pitchers.

  15. Tcostant - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    I actually feel bad for the O's when I saw this on Mark's twitter feed above:Dan Connolly @danconnollysun Dylan Bundy will have Tommy John surgery tomorrow in Fla w Dr Andrews to repair partial tear in his elbow

  16. David Proctor - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Moore in LF tonight. Sigh. Span is going to have to cover a lot of ground between making up for Werth's hobbled legs and Moore in LF.

  17. Tcostant - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Davey said last night that Moore would likely start today and Thursday. Hope being back in the bigs gets him going…

  18. Scott Margenau - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    It's criminal not to have Rendon on the hot list. He's the hottest player in baseball.

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