Jordan Zimmermann was dominant in the first game of today's twin bill, tossing 8 shutout innings, then handing it over to Drew Storen in the 9th. Storen slammed the door with a 3 up, 3 down frame that netted him his 17th save of the season. Zimmermann lowered his ERA to a measly 2.88 with his performance this afternoon and got the Nationals back in the win column after a not so fun series that saw them get swept. In the evening portion of today's twin bill, Max Scherzer goes up against former National Marco Estrada.
Former National Marco Estrada spent the first 2 seasons of his big career in DC, then he spent the next 5 seasons as a Brewer. He did quite poorly as a National, but put things together decent enough during his time in Milwaukee. in 39.1 innings with the Blue Jays so far this season, he hasn't fared too bad either. Though his FIP is high at 4.62, his ERA is 3.89 and his K/9 is at a decent 7.6. Estrada is not very remarkable and having watched him pitch he seems to be more lucky than anything. Though he has gone 7 innings in his last 2 games, he just seems to allow a lot of guys on and when he get hit it goes a long way. While Estrada hasn't been in the Nationals division, he has seen the team, just not much. In 64 plate appearances, he's done fairly well against the DC ball club.
Estrada vs. Current Nationals
Every time the discussion comes to Max Scherzer, it becomes nothing but a long drawn out paragraph of admiration. The man is awesome, no two ways about it. He's been amazing for the Nationals and he will hopefully continue to be until he is no longer wearing the uniform. He's got a 1.51 ERA, a 1.77 FIP, a 10.7 K/9, and a 1.3 BB/9. Those numbers don't even seem real. Every time he takes the hill the Nationals look like geniuses for signing him, not that anyone would have been dumb for signing him, the man is just out of his mind right now. Scherzer has seen the Blue Jays a decent number of times, 119 plate appearances to be sure. In that time, he has not been kind at all to the Northern ball club.
Scherzer vs. Current Blue Jays