The Nationals haven't seen R.A. Dickey in quite a while, due to the fact that he went up to Toronto when he got traded from the Mets. Dickey was the feel good story of 2010 and today he will see Nationals Park for the first time since 2012. The Nationals greet their old friend coming fresh off getting swept by the Reds in Cincinnati. Span will be out of the lineup tonight, but the Nationals will look to get back into the win column after losing their first series in over a month. Jordan Zimmermann will take the hill to oppose Dickey as the Nationals host our neighbors to the North.
Dickey went to the Blue Jays in December of 2012 to get ready for the 2013 season, but he hasn't quite had the same success he had with New York. Dickey is in his 3rd season with the Blue Jays and he's got a 4.19 ERA and a 4.60 FIP. After reinventing himself as a knuckleball pitcher with the Mets from 2010 to 2012 he had a 2.95 ERA and a 3.55 FIP. While he hasn't been awful with the Blue Jays he simply hasn't been the breakout player he was with the Mets. What Dickey does have is significant experience against current Nationals players. In that time, he's been pretty great.
Dickey vs. Current Nationals
Jordan Zimmermann has gotten better and better as the season has pressed on and he really seems to be hitting his stride. He has gone at least 6 innings in his last 8 starts and lowered his ERA from 4.88 in April to 3.26 going into tonight's game. He will no doubt give the Blue Jays a run for their money as he so often does against opposing teams. Jordan Zimmermann hasn't seen the current players on the Blue Jays very much, but what he has seen of them they haven't been kind to the Nationals right hander.
Zimmermann vs. Current Blue Jays