Solo home runs were the name of the game in the matinee game at Wrigley Field on Memorial day. Denard Span hit one to lead off the game and then Kris Bryant returned the favor in the bottom of the 1st. Ramos decided he was tired of a tie game in the 6th inning and that was all that was needed for the Nationals to pick up the win in the first game of the series. Roark did pretty great considering he made his first start of the season after spending his time in the bullpen. Wada also did quite well for his 2nd start of the season. Both teams were on point on defense, take the one E on Anthony Rizzo. In the middle game of the series, Jordan Zimmermann will take on Kyle Hendricks while the Nationals attempt to take the series, but the Cubs will attempt to even it up.
Jordan Zimmermann hasn't been the typical pitcher we've seen for his career, but he's done pretty well for himself this season and results are really all that matter. While he's allowed more hits and gotten less strikeouts so far this season, everything else looks quite good for the Nationals right hander. It does seem, however, that his K/9 and H/9 are falling more and more into place, as he's seemed to be getting his strikeout touch back in his last 2 games, getting at least 6 in those outings. The Cubs have seen Jordan Zimmermann a decent number of times and I am happy to report that in that time he has fared quite well against the Chicago National League club.
Zimmermann vs. Current Cubs
Kyle Hendricks is in the thick of his first full Major League season. He did pretty well in 80.1 innings pitched for the Cubs in 2014 and though there is naturally some variation in his numbers in a very limited sample size, he's doing okay for himself this year. His FIP, K/9, and BB/9 are all pretty respectable. The Cubs right hander is also coming off his first complete game shutout in his last start in which he struck out 7 and walked no one all in 108 pitches. Quite a game for the 25 year old. Hendricks has never once faced the Nationals or anyone on their team, so take a quick glance at some of his young career numbers.
Hendricks Career Stats
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