Jordan Zimmermann shutout the Minnesota Twins on Sunday in Game 1 of a double header in Washington. Zimmerman gave up just two hits and had a season-high eight strikeouts in seven innings. In 13 starts this season, Zimmerman has collected 11 quality starts this year and is tied for the National League in wins with 9. We're about a month away from the All-Star Game in Citi Field in New York, and right now my vote would be for Zimmerman to be named the starting pitcher for the National League. Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright are certainly worthy of the honor as well, but Zimmerman tied Wainwright in wins (9) on Sunday and has a slightly lower ERA than Wainwright. Zimmerman will face Cleveland in his next start.
Zack Greinke was fantastic in Thursday's victory over the Atlanta Braves as he limited them to four hits and three walks over seven shutout innings. After three consecutive rough outings, Greinke was able to put those recent struggles behind him and he earned his first victory since May 15th against the Nationals. This was the first time in Greinke's seven starts that he pitched seven innings. He threw 117 pitches which is a good sign that Greinke has fully recovered from his broken collar bone. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.