Gio Gonzalez was very good yesterday, going 6 innings and allowing only 1 run, while striking out 5. He gave his team a chance to win, but by the time the 8th inning was over the Orioles had tied it up, then Jonathan Schoop would hit a home run that would win the game for the home team. It was a pretty good game overall for the Nationals, but the Orioles were pretty good too and the fact that the Orioles were able to keep it close was what would ultimately allow them the chance to win yesterday. Tonight, Jordan Zimmermann is back with the Nationals and is ready to take the hill in Baltimore against Miguel Gonzalez.
Zimmermann has been sharp in his last four starts and the Nationals have benefited from wins in 3 of those instances. In those last 4 games, Jordan Zimmermann has pitched 29.2 innings and only got a 1.21 ERA in that time. Those 4 games have also only shown opposing hitters to accumulate a .230 OBP, meaning Zimmermann has been doing a great job of keeping opposing teams off the scoreboard and off the bases. Sadly, playing against the Orioles has always been something of a strange challenge for Zimmermann, as he's allowed some pretty good numbers for opposing hitters in the time he's seen their current lineup. Hopefully he'll be on his game tonight and that won't be the case.
Zimmermann vs. Current Orioles
Gonzalez has spent his whole big league career in an Orioles uniform and he's done very well for the team since 2012 when he made his debut. Fortunately, his last 4 games have been pretty subpar for a major league pitcher. He's lasted only a total of 19.2 innings and accumulated a 5.03 ERA in that time. A far cry from the performance of his opposition today. If he pitches like he has lately and Zimmermann pitches like he has lately, it won't even be a fair game. Gonzalez has only seen 2 hitters on the Nationals, so take a look at his career numbers.
Gonzalez's Career Stats
|162 Game Avg.||14||10||3.52||35||33||205||188||86||80||30||65||147||853||4.65||1.239||8.3||2.9||6.4|