Originally written July 09, 2012 on Blog So Hard Sports:
  With the Nationals loss on Sunday, the story of Jordan Zimmermann’s short career repeats itself again.  After 7 innings and only giving up 3 hits, J-Z’s day is over.  Middle reliever Sean Burnett starts off the 8th giving up 3 hits and 2 runs, doesn’t retire one batter and costs Zimm the curly W. Whether it’s blowing leads or not scoring runs, Jordan Zimmermann cannot catch a break. In 17 starts, Zimmermann has posted a 5-6 record with a 2.61 ERA in 110.1 innings pitched.  His ERA is 6th best in the National League and best on a Nationals team with two All-Stars atop the rotation.  Among pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched for the NL, Jordan is 3rd in earned runs (32), 6th in walks (22). and 10th in walks and hits per innings pitched (1.12). Hard to tell if it’s J-Z’s lack of help from the offense or that they want to save the runs for late inning heroics, but he has only got 70 runs in support to his 32 runs given up and somehow has a below .500 record.  This may be solved by ESPN.com’s statistic of a tough loss, in which Zimmerman has the 2nd most in the league with 4.  When a game is pitched at least 6 innings and the pitcher has given up 3 or fewer runs it is considered a quality start; when a pitcher loses a quality start it is deemed a tough loss.  This means in a perfect world where quality starts equate to sure wins, Jordan would be 9-2 and the 3rd Nats pitcher in the 2012 All-Star game. He seems to be pitching very well coming off Tommy John surgery in 2010 and being restricted to 160 innings last year with an ERA of 3.18, but these outings aren’t equating to wins. Look for Zimmermann to catch the breaks he wasn’t getting in the spring this fall when he will be bumped up as the number 2 starter when Strasburg hits his inning count and the Nats make their playoff push.

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