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Latest Jordan Zimmermann Items
Once again, it's time to check off some items on my "TIDU List" — Things I Don't Understand:
For the Washington Nationals, the starting rotation has an order and a rhythm. Stephen Strasburg is the headliner. Gio Gonzalez is carving out a niche for himself as the happiest, most relaxed pitcher most of his teammates and coaches have ever seen. Edwin Jackson is the oft-traded, $11-million man, and Ross Detwiler is the power lefty who's just scratched the surface of his potential.
As Jayson Werth stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 13th on Friday the 13th, the clock had just inched past 11 p.m. He looked out at bases filled with his teammates. Danny Espinosa on third via a broken-bat single. Ryan Zimmerman on second due to a five-pitch walk. Adam LaRoche on first because of a second five-pitch walk.
A few hours before his team's third game, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was asked, somewhat jokingly, if his team would ever consider getting an early lead.
Taking a look at the best pitch from each of the top four in the Nationals' rotation.
He was standing on a mound in Florida last summer trying to throw his first curveball since Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. He could hardly reach the catcher.
Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty will tell you that he's nervous when any of his pitchers are on the mound. The thin line that separates a healthy pitcher from one with a serious injury is the tightrope they walk night in and night out.
Wind gusts blowing out around 18 mph greeted Jordan Zimmermann as he climbed the mound Wednesday for his first start of spring training. One hundred ninety-one days had passed since the Washington Nationals right-hander pitched in a game situation, as an innings limit left him in a spectator's role for the last month of the 2011 season.
First the Washington Nationals trade for Gio Gonzalez. Then they sign Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal. I ask you: Has this team ever been more ready for rainouts — not to mention doubleheaders?