Last night, the Nationals got off to an early lead scoring 2 runsi in the bottom of the 1st. While the lead wouldn't last, the Nationals didn't make things too easy on the Yankees by tying it up one inning later. The starters for both teams were very unimpressive, but while they struggled the bullpens held strong. Ryan Zimmermann dialed up some classic late inning magic when he hit a 2 run walk off home run off of Andrew Miller to send everyone home in the 10th inning. Tonight, Adam Warren and Jordan Zimmermann take the hill for their teams while the Nationals look to take the short series from the Yankees.
Adam Warren is in his 4th Major League season, all of which he's spent with the Yankees and he currently sports an unimpressive 4.50 ERA. Warren's career ERA is around the 3.67 mark and his FIP is usually lower than the current 4.14 it sits at, so it's possible he will end up having a better season than he has to show for right now. It would be insulting to Warren to try and use the 2 hitters as a reference for his career against the Nationals, so we son't do that. Take a look at some career stats instead.
Warren's Career Stats
|162 Game Avg.||4||6||3.67||62||6||110||107||46||45||11||39||92||3.85||1.327||3.2||7.5|
Jordan Zimmermann's season has really begun shaping up well. He's got a low 3.66 ERA and a low 3.19 FIP. He's also got the minuscule walk rate he is so well known for. The only thing that continually sticks out is that his K/9 is way down compared to previous seasons. While strikeouts are not the biggest indicator of a great pitcher, it's just something to keep an eye on and it is no doubt related to his decreased velocity. Regardless, how hard he throws and his strikeouts only matter if he's not performing and he is doing just fine for now. Zimmermann has gone late into the majority of starts this season and he didn't allow a single run in his last start. Zimmermann hasn't had a lot of exposure to this current Yankees lineup, but what he has faced of them, he's done pretty well.
Zimmermann vs. Current Yankees