Knowing that he would be facing the Atlanta Braves again in five days and a few times this season, 27-year-old right-handed Washington Nationals' starter Jordan Zimmermann told reporters last week that he kept it simple the first time out against the Nats' NL East division rivals.
"Didn't want to show them too much," Zimmermann said. "I pretty much stuck with the fastball/changeup. Threw one or two sliders and my day was done before I knew it."
Nationals' manager Matt Williams explained that the change was one pitch the Nats' '07 2nd Round pick needed to continue to develop.
"He needs to," the former major league slugger said, "and he needs to have that third pitch because if for some reason he doesn't have the feel for the breaking ball that day then he has to be able to go to something. He'll continue to work on it."
Zimmermann, who is coming off a +3.6 fWAR season in 2013 in which he was (19-9) with a 3.25 ERA, 3.36 FIP, 40 walks (1.69 BB/9) and 161 Ks (6.79 K/9) in 32 starts and a career-high 213 1/3 IP, said he planned on sticking to a pretty basic (FB/CH) attack when he faces the Braves again tonight at 6:00 pm EST in Lake Buena Vista, Florida's Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the Walt Disney World Resort.
• Here's the lineup that will take the field for the Nationals in tonight's game:
#Nats lineup @ Braves,6:05: Rendon2B, Espinosa SS, McLouth CF, Moore1B, Rhymes3B, Hairston LF, Lobaton C, PetersonDH, Souza RF, Zimmermann P— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 6, 2014
• Here's the Atlanta Braves' lineup that Zimmermann will be facing tonight:
Tonight vs. WSH (6:05, 1230/1340AM): Heyward 9 JUpton DH Freeman 3 Gattis 2 Johnson 5 Uggla 4 ASimmons 6 Cunningham 7 Lipka 8 Teheran 1— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 6, 2014
Though there were concerns about the weather, as of now (5:04 pm EST) it looks like it has cleared up enough that they'll be playing some baseball:
Game time 6:05 pm EST. Tonight's game is available by MLB.com's Gameday audio only, and it's the Braves feed.
Who's listening to the Nationals?