Jordan Zimmerman Strikes Out 11

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Jordan Zimmermann made it look easy Thursday and is quietly putting himself into the conversation of the National League Cy Young Award. Zimmermann had recently been dealing with minor shoulder inflammation, but obviously he had no issues Thursday. In his previous start Zimmerman gave up four earned runs in five innings, which snapped an impressive run of dominant outings. He restarted that streak Thursday, tying a career high with 11 strikeouts and allowing only three hits over six scoreless innings as the Nationals completed a four-game sweep of the Astros.

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Zimmermann has been phenomenal all season long and he has taken his game to another level after the All-Star break. In his six starts, he is 4-0 with a 1.54 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 35 innings. He has walked three batters in this stretch of starts. Zimmermann will look to keep his strong run going in his next start, when he takes on the Giants next week in San Francisco. He has elevated himself to a high-end fantasy option in all formats.

In other fantasy news….

  • R.A. Dickey bolstered his Cy Young case Thursday by going the distance in a 6-1 victory over the Marlins. He struck out 10 and walked none and has allowed two earned runs in each of his last three starts.
  • Manny Machado created alot of buzz at Camden Yards on Thursday as he made his major league debut. He started at third base and went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. His first major league hit was an opposite-field triple.
  • Pablo Sandoval (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with High-A San Jose.
  • Brett Lawrie (oblique)was placed on the disabled list Thursday with a strained oblique.
  • Adam Wainwright tossed seven innings of one-run ball in a win over the Giants.
  • Evan Longoria went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in his third game back from the disabled list.
  • Michael Morse homered twice and drove in three runs in the Nats win at Houston, extending his hitting streak to 18 games.
  • Ubaldo Jimenez struck out a season-high 10 while allowing three runs over six innings Thursday in a win over the Red Sox.
  • Jason Kubel belted his 24th and 25th homers in Pittsburgh. He seems to hit his home runs in bunches so this could be the start of another productive streak for him.