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Zimmermann named NL Player of the Week

Jun 9, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

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After one of the worst months of his career, Jordan Zimmermann turned in a week so dominant, the Nationals right-hander was deemed the best player in his league over the last seven days.

Zimmermann has been named NL Player of the Week after a pair of electric pitching performances in which he tossed 17 scoreless innings against the Phillies and Padres, capped by Sunday’s 2-hit shutout in San Diego.

The 28-year-old got his week off on the right foot when he held Philadelphia scoreless over eight innings on Tuesday, scattering five hits and a walk while striking out four. Then he topped that performance — and perhaps any other in Nationals history — on Sunday when he went the distance against the Padres, striking out 12 without walking a batter.

That start earned a “Game Score” of 95, based on the formula created by sabermetrician Bill James, which is the highest mark ever recorded by a Nationals pitcher since the franchise arrived in town in 2005.

Zimmermann’s incredible week came after a rough May in which he posted a 5.06 ERA in five starts and saw opponents hit .342 against him.

How dominant were Zimmermann’s first two starts in June? Well, over the last week, he has managed to lower his ERA from 4.07 to 3.17, which now ranks 19th in the NL.

  1. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    (a) Congratulations; well deserved.

    (b) Two games in June is probably too small a sample size, but — apropos of discussions here a few weeks ago — if Mr. Zimmermann were to keep up this pace (or something close it) it will be interesting to compare his peripheral stats in May and June vs. his W-L and BABIP numbers. In other words, have his pitches really changed (gotten better) or is that element of ‘luck’ or ‘randomness’ or whatever you want to call it that BABIP and such represent

  2. Eric - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Wow…CONGRATS ZINN! You earned it.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    JZim, congrats. On Friday morning, its all about Friday nights game. Go for Pitcher of the Month!

  4. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Looking at the standings in the next column . . .. It’s really comforting to see the Mets and Phillies falling further and further behind. It feels like the Nats have reached the point where they can stop looking over their shoulders and concentrate on getting some traction between them and the Marlins and the Barfs.

  5. Candide - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    BTW, I was watching the game when Cunegonde walked into the room.

    “You don’t want to leave. Zimmermann’s not only throwing a no-hitter; he’s throwing a perfect game.”

    “You’re not supposed to say that!”

    “That only applies to the announcers and the guys in the dugout.”

    The next pitch… well, you know what happened.

    I blamed Cunegonde. “He had a perfect game going until YOU walked into the room.”

    • adcwonk - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Phew, I’m relieved! I thought it was my fault. The hit occurred within minutes of my texting my kids: “Hey, JZ has a perfect game going after five!”

  6. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Washington Nationals ‏@Nationals now
    #Nats lineup @ #SFGiants: Span CF, Frandsen 3B, Werth RF, LaRoche 1B, Zimmerman LF, Ramos C, Desmond SS, Espinosa 2B, Strasburg P

    Still no Rendon.

    • Eric - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      I’m officially worrying

      • lplipty - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        We all should worry…Nats have worst training staff in all of sports, including Boys n Girls club.

      • Candide - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        I was worrying when they said it was just swollen and no big deal. One thing to be out of the lineup playing the Padres. It’s something else entirely if he’s out when they’re playing the Giants.

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        Me too.

      • Eric - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        Candide, I was reserving judgement. Swelling absent structural damage wouldn’t be that strange due to a hard grounder to the hand, but I also know from experience that hairline fractures can be nigh impossible to see on XRay until remodeling has been under way for a week or two.

        It’s still possible it’s just a really bad bruise, but each day he’s out, the more worried I am about a bone contusion or fracture.

  7. natsfan1a - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Atta way, bulldog! grrrr…

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