In a season of ups and downs, one thing has been constant, Jordan Zimmerman. The Nationals pitcher has had a phenomenal 2013 campaign in just his second season since having Tommy John surgery. Zimmerman captured his National League leading sixteenth win after stymieing the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2, Wednesday night.
Jordan gave up just two runs and struck out five over the course of his seven innings. Zimmerman won his fourth straight contest and should be in heavy contention to win a CY Young this year. Jordan sits at 16-5 with an earned run average of 3.33 while playing behind the poor offense of Washington.
Zimmerman, however, would not have notched his sixteenth win without the help of the other Zimmerman, Ryan, who hit a solo home run to break the tie in the seventh inning. The nationals have quietly come with seven games of the final playoff birth. Washington has just twenty-three games remaining, but their weak competition down the stretch should bode well for the team.