FBb On MASN: Washington Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann At Home In The Nation's Capital

USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals have a 1.0 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies heading into this weekend's three-game series. On Friday night, the Nats turn to 27-year-old right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who hasn't lost a game in the nation's capital since last May.

[ed. note - "Every Friday morning throughout this season, hopefully, if they'll continue to have me, I'll be writing a post over at MASNSports.com's Nationals Buzz, "... as part of MASNsports.com's season-long initiative of welcoming guest," writers to their site. All opinions expressed are my own... A sample follows... You can read the entire post HERE or through the link included below."]

"Since a loss Pittsburgh on May 17, 2012, Jordan Zimmermann is 9-0 in 14 starts in Nationals Park, with the Washington Nationals 11-3 over that stretch. Zimmermann received no-decision in his next two starts at home after the loss to the Pirates. He gave up fives hits and two earned runs in six innings in each of those June outings, a Washington win over the New York Mets and a loss to the New York Yankees. In three home starts in July 2012, Zimmermann surrendered a combined three runs (two earned) in 19 innings against the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Mets again. Zimmermann was 2-0 in those starts, with Washington 2-1.

"He's matured as a big leaguer. He takes great pride in what he does. He's very, very prepared going into games and I think he's just learned how to pitch within himself at the end of last season and this season." - Mike Rizzo on Jordan Zimmermann on 106.7 the FAN in D.C.

"The Nationals won both of Zimmermann's July 2012 starts in Nationals Park against the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves, in spite of the fact that the right-hander, who received no-decision in either game, gave up 15 hits and nine runs, eight earned, in 10 innings. August started with rough outing against St. Louis in which the Nats starter surrendered eight hits and eight runs (all earned) in just 3 1/3 innings of work. The regular season ended, however, with three outings against the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers in which Zimmermann was 3-0, giving up a combined 15 hits and four runs in 19 2/3 innings.

"The Nationals No.3 starter picked up where he left off last season in his first home start of 2013, holding the Marlins to one run on eight hits in six innings of work in the finale of the first series of the year in the nation's capital. The second time out in Nats Park, Zimmermann needed just 90 pitches to get through seven innings against the Chicago White Sox in which he allowed seven hits and two earned runs. Zimmermann threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout against the Cincinnati Reds in start three in D.C., then beat the defending American League champions from Detroit in his most recent home start, giving up seven hits and one earned run in seven innings of a 3-1 win over the Tigers back on May 8th."

• Read the entire post over at MASNSports.com's Nationals Buzz.

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