The Nationals were in need of a win yesterday when they went into Tropicana Field. They got right to work scoring 6 runs in the 2nd frame and never looking back. Tanner Roark did everything he needed to do by keeping the Rays to 1 run over the course of his 7 innings of work. The Rays started Alex Colome lasted only 2 innings and the bad start lead to pitcher after pitcher taking the hill for the Rays and ultimately 2 different position players taking the mound for the Rays. Wilson Ramos greeted both non-pitchers with home runs and only solidified the Nationals already large lead. The Nationals and Rays have traveled back to Washington D.C. to play 2 more against one another and Jordan Zimmermann will take the hill at home to keep the Rays and Steve Geltz from getting back into the win column.
Steve Geltz has made one start this season, but has otherwise relieved for the Rays throughout his career. Though he hasn't made any more than one start, he's done pretty well in his normal role for the Rays. He has a 2.63 ERA, a 3.29 FIP, and a 9.9 K/9 this season. He is a good pitcher, but he is not a starter so it should be interesting to see how he starts tonight's game at Nationals Park. He has never faced anyone on the Nationals, so he will be seeing everyone for the first time. Take a look at some of his stats so far this season to get a better idea of what you might see.
Geltz Current Stats
|162 Game Avg.||2||5||2.87||66||2||61||36||19||19||8||32||73||4.28||1.115||5.3||4.8||10.8|
|TBR (2 yrs)||1||3||2.78||39||1||35.2||20||11||11||5||17||44||4.15||1.037||5.0||4.3||11.1|
|LAA (1 yr)||0||0||4.50||2||0||2.0||2||1||1||0||3||1||6.60||2.500||9.0||13.5||4.5|
Jordan Zimmermann has been his normal great self so far this season and the Nationals need him to keep doing that. That being said, Jordan Zimmermann's last couple of starts haven't been very good at all. He only went 5 innings on June 7th and 3.1 innings on June 12th. He is due for a good game, so it would be great to see a good one from him tonight. Other than his last 2 starts and one sub-par performance in April, he has always gone deep into games. Zimmermann has not faced the Rays take for a few hitters, so take a look at his stats this season.
Zimmermann's Career Stats
|162 Game Avg.||13||9||3.28||34||34||209||200||83||76||18||43||170||858||3.29||1.167||8.6||1.9||7.3|