Nationals @ Orioles 7/11/15

The Nationals got walked off at Camden Yards yesterday, losing 3-2 to the Baltimore Orioles.

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
Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Adam Jones 15 15 3 0 0 1 2 0 1 .200 .200 .400 .600
J.J. Hardy 13 13 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 .154 .154 .231 .385
Matt Wieters 12 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333
Steve Pearce 9 7 3 2 0 1 2 1 1 .429 .500 1.143 1.643
Chris Davis 6 6 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
Manny Machado 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .250 .250 .500 .750
Nolan Reimold 4 4 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 .750 .750 1.500 2.250
Ryan Flaherty 3 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .667 .667 1.000 1.667
David Lough 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Chris Parmelee 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.500 2.500
Brian Matusz 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Travis Snider 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 75 72 22 6 0 4 10 2 9 .306 .324 .556 .880
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/11/2015.

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
Year Tm W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BF FIP WHIP H9 BB9 SO9
2012 BAL 9 4 3.25 18 15 105.1 92 38 38 13 35 77 434 4.38 1.206 7.9 3.0 6.6
2013 BAL 11 8 3.78 30 28 171.1 157 81 72 24 53 120 712 4.45 1.226 8.2 2.8 6.3
2014 BAL 10 9 3.23 27 26 159.0 155 61 57 25 51 111 671 4.89 1.296 8.8 2.9 6.3
2015 BAL 7 5 3.87 15 15 88.1 78 39 38 15 28 67 365 4.92 1.200 7.9 2.9 6.8
4 Yrs 37 26 3.52 90 84 524.0 482 219 205 77 167 375 2182 4.65 1.239 8.3 2.9 6.4
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
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/11/2015.


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