Showing posts with label Jordan Zimmermann. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jordan Zimmermann. Show all posts

Gio Gonzalez Deal Complete, Washington Nationals Looking Better All the Time

The Nationals are not messing around anymore. Finalizing the deal that began as just another rumor back in November, the Oakland Athletics have officially sent Gio Gonzalez to Washington in a six-player trade.

The 26-year-old lefty will join an already promising rotation and pitch between talented young right-handers Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg, both of whom recovered from reconstructive elbow surgery and still throw mad heat. Heat like Gonzalez, whose fastball is regularly clocked at 92-95 mph when he's not attempting to perfect his 10-4 curve and changeup.

Gonzalez went 16-12 last season seeing a career high in victories with a 3.12 ERA over 32 starts. He was also selected to his very first All-Star game, so there's that. He'll be a nice addition to a team that has made some major improvements since finishing dead last in the National League East three consecutive seasons from 2008-10. Last year they managed to finish third with an 80-81 record. Maybe they'll win their division some day and make the playoffs!

While the Nationals also received minor league pitcher Robert Gilliam, Oakland landed four players in the deal: catcher Derek Norris, right-handers A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock, and left-hander Tommy Milone.

[Washington Post]


There's That Sucking Sound Again

I'm seriously beginning to wonder where the Washington Nationals get off thinking they have what it takes to be in the major leagues.

The one area of the game where they've really excelled as a team is handing the opposition three-game winning streaks, which is incredibly generous, but not cool if you're a Nationals fan. At times this season, it seems as though they can't even spell their team's name correctly, let alone swing a bat and field a baseball.

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A Tale of Two Zim(m)s

Invader Zim(m)

During a game in which maybe 25 of 1,000 fans stuck around for the glorious finish, and the bullpen tossed three hitless innings, highly-touted pitching prospect Jordan Zimmermann won his big league debut. Pretty awesome, considering who he's pitching for. That's right, victory #2 for the Washington Nationals, this time over the Atlanta Braves.

Zimmermann impressed the small crowd over six strong innings, allowing two runs off six hits, with three strikeouts and a walk. Not bad for a 22-year-old kid from Wisconsin. A second-round draft pick in 2007, he played at D-III school Wisconsin-Stevens Point and hadn’t played above Double-A ball until this season. Stud. Muffin.