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27 Jordan Zimmermann SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/223 | Birthdate: 5/23/1986 | Birthplace: Auburndale, WI | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: Wis.-Stevens Point | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $5,350,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/84 | Average Draft Position: 23.88
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Jordan Zimmermann's success tied to effectiveness of curveball


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has been outstanding in his last two starts, tossing 15 2/3 scoreless innings. He has struck out nine and not issued a walk in that span.

"I had a good curveball the last two starts and felt like I could throw it when I wanted to, where I wanted to, any count," Zimmermann told reporters, per MASNsports.com. "Keep them off balance, just pound the zone, let those guys behind me play defense."

Manager Matt Williams said having solid command of his offspeed pitches has allowed Zimmermann's fastball to be more effective.

"The ability to throw a breaking ball behind in the count, early in the count," Williams said. "Had a good feel for his curveball tonight, especially against their lefties. The ball was down in the strike zone. If he can do that, then he can get a lot of swings and misses down on the breaking ball, which he got tonight."


Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann impressive in Tuesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was dominant throughout his start Tuesday against the Braves, which the Nationals won 6-1.

Zimmermann did not allow a run over 7 2/3 innings of work. He gave up six hits while striking out six and not walking a batter. He is now 6-5 with a 3.16 ERA on the season.

Tuesday was Zimmermann's first win in his last five starts. He has allowed a total of three runs over his last 22 2/3 innings of work.


Nationals P Jordan Zimmermann throws 8 scoreless innings


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann did not surrender an earned run in a no-decision during Wednesday night's 2-1 win over the Braves. 

Zimmermann went eight innings, gave up six hits and struck out three batters. He didn't allow any walks. Throwing eight scoreless innings was a welcomed sight for Zimmermann after allowing 13 earned runs over his past three starts. 

Zimmermann now has a 3.42 ERA this season. 


Nationals P Jordan Zimmermann strikes out 8 batters in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann gave up three earned runs in Wednesday night's 5-0 loss to the Rays. 

Zimmermann struck out eight batters and allowed eight hits. He walked online one batter. Zimmermann has now surrendered 13 earned runs over his past three starts. 

Zimmermann is now 5-5 and his ERA is now 3.75. 

His next start is scheduled for June 23 against the Braves. 


Nationals SP Jordan Zimmerann not sharp on in loss on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann struggled in his start against the Brewers on Friday. Zimmermann lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out four, needing 88 pitches to record 10 outs, as his ERA rose to 3.74.

Zimmermann (5-4) gave up two runs in the first, one in the thrid and three more in the fourth as the Brewers hit him early and often in this one. 

"They made me battle all night," Zimmermann said, per MLB.com. "One of those nights where nothing was working for me."

This is the second consecutive sub-par start for Zimmermann, who will look to rebound in his next start Wednesday at home against the Rays.


Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann takes bad turn in Sunday loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) All good things must come to an end - and the beginning of the 2015 season has certainly constututed a good thing for Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. He entered Sunday with nine consecutive quality starts.

But he fired up a dud against the Cubs, allowing four runs on 10 hits in five innings to be saddled with his first defeat since April 18. He walked two and fanned three in the process in raising his ERA to 3.18.

Zimmermann was singled into oblivion, giving up RBI hits to Starlin Castro, Jonathan Herrera and Chris Coghlan.

He will try to keep those struggles from becoming a trend when he pitches at Milwaukee on Friday night.


Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann stifles Blue Jays bats in Game 1


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/2/2015) Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann was magnificent in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Blue Jays. Zimmermann tossed a season-high eight shutout innings, allowing just six hits and one walk while striking out four. He threw 105 pitches with 69 going for strikes.

The right-hander was in control for most of the game. He got into a bases-loaded jam with one out in the seventh, but was able to induce an inning-ending double-play to end that threat.

"I know we're a little short in the bullpen, and I was just going to go as deep as I could," Zimmermann said, per MLB.com. "Basically threw the ball over the middle and let them put the ball in play. Ball's not carrying at all today, so they have to hit it pretty good to hit it out. And I was able to do that."

Zimmermann (5-2) has now posted quality starts in 10 of his 11 starts this season. His solid effort on Tuesday lowered his ERA to 2.88, as the Blue Jays were shut out for the first time this season. He'll take on the Cubs at home in his next start on Sunday.


Blue Jays-Nationals game postponed Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Monday's contest between the Blue Jays and Nationals was postponed due to rain, the teams announced.

The game will be made up Tuesday as part of a doubleheader. R.A. Dickey and Jordan Zimmermann will have their Monday starts pushed back to Tuesday's Game 1 matchup. 


Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann pitches well in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann only allowed one earned run but ended up with a no-decision following his team's 3-2 loss to the Cubs. 

Zimmermann went seven innings and allowed six hits. He struck out five batters and walked three. Zimmermann now has 17 strikeouts in his past three games. Zimmermann gave up his run early in the game and did not get much run support from an offense that has been hot of late. 

Zimmermann now has an ERA of 3.26 for the season. 

His next start is projected for June 1 against the Blue Jays. 


Roark, Zimmermann to start Monday, Tuesday for Nationals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams announced his rotation plans for early next week on Saturday, as Tanner Roark will start Monday against the Cubs and Jordan Zimmermann will go Tuesday.

Roark, who has been pitching out of the bullpen, feels he can go 100 pitches. However, Williams suggested Roark will probably throw around 70 pitches.


Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann strikes out six in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings of work in Washington's 3-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

Zimmermann had trouble in the first inning when he allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and then an RBI double to Carlos Beltran. After Beltran advanced to third, a sacrifice fly from Brian McCann brought him home. However, Zimmermann settled down and did not allow another run in his final six innings with six strikeouts and just one walk.

Zimmermann, now 4-2, lowered his ERA to 3.52 in 53 2/3 innings of work. He will look to keep things rolling Monday against the Cubs.


Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann barely using his changeup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has a four-pitch arsenal, but he doesn't rely much on his changeup. In fact, he has thrown it just one time in eight starts this season, per BrooksBaseball.net.

“I just don’t want to get burned by my fourth pitch when I know I can get guys out with the other three,” Zimmermann said, per The Washington Post. “I got burned with it a few times in my career. It just really makes me mad and then I don’t throw it for five or six starts.”

Zimmermann has had mixed results with his changeup. Opponents had an .818 slugging percentage off Zimmermann's changeup in 2014. Also, four of the 13 home runs he allowed last season came on changeups. Still, left-handers had just a .655 OPS against the changeup last season.

“I’m gonna keep throwing it and just pick my spots and not just throw it to some guy who will potentially hit a homer off me,” Zimmermann said.


Nats' Jordan Zimmermann tosses six scoreless innings Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Nationals pithcer Jordan Zimmermann earned his third win of the season during Friday's 10-0 victory over the Padres.

Zimmermann did not allow a run on six hits in six innings of work. He struck out six batters and walked one. He is now 3-2 with a 3.66 ERA.

He has now pitched at least six innings and given up three earned runs or less in six-straight starts. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Phillies.


Nats SP Jordan Zimmermann allows three runs in 6 IP for no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann yielded three runs on eight hits in six innings on Sunday for a no-decision against the Braves.

The lone extra-base hit Zimmerman allowed was a fifth-inning leadoff double to Freddie Freeman.

"It could have been better, for sure," Zimmermann said. "They get three runs [for] me in the first and I can't lock it down. I threw obviously a lot of pitches, a lot of fastballs that were balls. Command wasn't really there. The second inning took a lot out of me. I was happy to make it six and keep them in the ballgame."

Nats manager Matt Williams said Zimmermann could not get into his normal rhythm for most of the start.

"Just inconsistency with his command today," Williams said. "Pulling, rotational a little bit. [The] ball sailing up and away to a left-hander. When he does that, he has trouble controlling his breaking ball, too, which we saw today."

Zimmermann returns to the mound for his next start Friday in San Diego.


Nationals' Zimmermann feels good despite reduced velocity


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann didn't see his average fastball velocity dip below 93.8 mph in any of his starts last season, but he's had to deal with a reduction in velocity this season, with his fastball averaging at least 93 mph just once in his six starts, per Brooks Baseball.

Despite the dip in velocity, Zimmermann doesn't seem concerned, the Washington Post reports.

"Don’t really care about velocity," Zimmermann said Monday. "As long as I make my pitch. You can throw 85 and make your pitch and get guys out up here, as long as you execute and mix it up. I’m sure it’ll come back later in the season. It’s just down a little bit right now."

The reduced velocity has led to more contact by hitters this season. However, Zimmermann feels that he's been improved in recent starts, and he expressed confidence in all three of his secondary pitches Monday night for the first time this season.

"I feel good," he said. "It was hit or miss early in the season, but I feel good now. Fastball command is there and breaking pitches are there, so I feel good."

Zimmermann saw his fastball velocity leap to its normal level against Atlanta on April 29, but it was back down Monday, when he worked seven innings of one-run ball. He's 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA and 22:6 K:BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. He's striking out 5.7 batters per nine innings after posting an 8.2 K/9 rate in 2014.


Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann earns no decision Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits in seven innings of work in Washington's 6-4 win over the Marlins on Monday, but did not factor into the decision.

Zimmermann had trouble early on when he allowed Martin Prado and Giancarlo Stanton to reach base safely. Then, Marcell Ozuna singled to center to drive home a run.

"First inning, (he) didn't exactly throw it where he wanted to, but after that, settled in nicely," manager Matt Williams said after the game, per MASNsports.com. "I thought he threw the ball really well."

He found his groove after that, working through the sixth without allowing a run. Then in the seventh, Zimmermann surrendered a lead off home run to Justin Bour.

"The first inning, I was right over the middle with the fastball and I figured it was going to be a long day if I kept doing that," Zimmermann said. "So I had to start working on the corners a little bit. The curveball and slider were both there today, so it was one of those days where I had all three pitches working. It was fun to be out there."

Zimmermann, who remains 2-2, moved his ERA to 4.15 in 34 2/3 innings of work. He will look to bounce back Sunday against the Braves.


Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann strikes out seven in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits in seven innings of work in Washington's 13-4 win over the Braves Wednesday.

Zimmermann scattered three runs in the first three innings when A.J. Pierzynski plated two runs with a single in the first and Freddie Freeman brought home another in the third. Zimmermann, who struck out seven with one walk, brought his ERA to 4.88 in 27 2/3 innings of work.

Zimmermann, now 2-2, will look to keep rolling Monday against the Marlins.


Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann goes 6 1/3 solid innings in no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann gave up two runs on six hits and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings for a no decision against the Marlins on Friday. 

Zimmermann was touched for both runs in the fifth inning on RBI singles from pitcher Matt Latos and second baseman Dee Gordon. 

Zimmermann's next start is set for Wednesday in Atlanta.


Jordan Zimmermann suffers loss for Nationals on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann dropped to 1-2 on the season after suffering a loss on Saturday. 

Zimmermann allowed four runs, but only two were earned, in six and a third innings. He walked four and allowed four hits, while striking out three.

"I was just trying to be too fine and ended up missing and falling behind," Zimmermann said to MASN Sports. "Then I would really make a mistake and miss badly. I was just thinking I get 2-0 or 3-0 and then I would tell myself you have to throw a strike. And when you do that, you never throw a strike. It's not like me. I've just got to pound the zone and attack the hitters."

Zimmermann threw 61 strikes in 101 pitches. His next start is scheduled for Friday, against the Marlins and Mat Latos.  


Red Sox tried to trade for Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann in the winter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Red Sox tried to trade for Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann this offseason, and while both parties agreed there was a potential match in terms of players, they never came close to a deal, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Zimmermann is in the final year of a two-year, $24 million contract with the Nationals and was unable to come close to a long-term deal before the start of the season. The right-hander holds an 8.64 ERA through his first two starts in 2015.


Nationals P Jordan Zimmermann rocked early in loss to Red Sox


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann struggled against the Red Sox on Monday, allowing seven earned runs in a 9-4 loss. 

Zimmermann was only able to go 2 1/3 innings before being removed. He allowed nine hits, eight runs (one unearned) and one walk. After recording four strikeouts in his first start of the season, he came away with zero against Boston. This was the first time in 147 starts that Zimmermann did strike anyone out in a game. 

Zimmermann faced six batters in each of the first two innings. He then hit Hanley Ramirez with a pitch in the third. After facing seven hitters in the third inning and only recording one out, Tanner Roark relieved him. Zimmermann now holds an 8.64 ERA in two starts. 

The problem Zimmermann primarily had on Monday had to do with getting a feel for the baseball. 

"Yeah, I mean I was bad today," Zimmermann said, via MLB.com. "It's not like me to walk a guy and hit two guys. I just didn't have a feel for the ball and really had no clue where it was going all day. My mechanics were fine. I was rubbing the ball up, and after I'd rub it up, it would still feel chalky. It was just not a good day for me.

His next projected start will be on Saturday against the Phillies. 


Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman allows just one run in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann tossed six strong innings Wednesday, allowing one run on five hits in Washington's 2-1 win over the Mets.

Zimmerman also added four strikeouts and didn't issue a walk in the contest. He finished the game with a 1.50 ERA. He will look to keep rolling Monday against the Red Sox.


Report: Nationals' Zimmermann not closer to contract extension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) There is no progress on a contract extension for Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, according to FOX Sports. Zimmermann is in the final year of a two-year, $24 million contract.

Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann struggles in final spring tuneup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann saved his worst spring start for last during Wednesday's 8-0 loss to the Marlins. In his final spring outing, Zimmermann (2-1) allowed eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and no walks in four innings. He had four strikeouts.

The Marlins didn't waste any time getting to Zimmermann, who allowed three runs in the first inning on a home run to Michael Morse. Miami added four more runs in the second inning, which included a two-RBI triple from Christian Yelich and a two-run homer from Giancarlo Stanton.

Miami got another run off Zimmermann in the third inning before the right-hander settled down to finish off his afternoon with a perfect fourth inning, which included two strikeouts.

Zimmermann came into Wednesday's start having allowed just four runs (three earned) in his first five spring starts (19 2/3 innings). Zimmermann is lined up to make his season debut next Wednesday against the Mets.


Jordan Zimmermann on extension talks: 'It's not looking good'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann reiterated he doesn't want to engage in any contract extension talks during the season. When asked if he's likely to receive an extension before the opener, Zimmermann responded: "It's not looking good," per the Washington Post.

Zimmermann posted a 2.66 ERA over 199 2/3 innings last year. He has allowed only two earned runs in 13 2/3 innings of work this spring.