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.
Chris Johnson blasted a pair of home runs and drove home five on Tuesday, powering the Diamondbacks to a 10-4 victory over the Pirates. When the Houston Astros dealt Johnson to the Diamondbacks before the trade deadline in exchange for prospects Bobby Borchering and Marc Kraus, most called it a victory for Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow. Johnson now has five home runs and 15 RBI while going 10 for 29 (.345) in just eight games played with the Diamondbacks. Johnson has always had decent power potential and is now playing for a team that boasts one of the most power-friendly home parks. Johnson should continue to play every day for Arizona and is showing no signs of slowing down at the plate.