Jordan Zimmermann has been named the National League Pitcher of the Month. Hard to argue. In fact, it is getting easier to argue that Zimmermann may very well be the best pitcher in the Washington Nationals rotation. Yes, I said it. Maybe even better, right now, than Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. The National League agrees, at least, he was better in the month of July. You will see why.
Zimmermann started 6 games for the Nats in July. He posted a 4-0 record and never pitched under 6 inning in all six starts. More impressive, Zimmermann never allowed more than one earned run in any of the six starts. Overall, he pitched 37 innings and allowed a mere 4 earned runs, a super ERA of just 0.97. During those six start, he allowed 27 hits with 31 strikeouts. Two of the six starts, Zimmermann did not allow an earned run.
Overall on the season, Zimmermann improved to 8-6 and lowered hi ERA to 2.28. He has an impressive WHIP of just 1.06. On the National League leader board, Zimmermann's 2.28 ERA is second overall. His 1.06 WHIP is tied for fourth overall. Offensively, the Nationals have struggled at times to produce for Zimmermann. During the six game stretch in July, the Nationals did score 4 or more run in four of the six starts.