Twice already this season the Washington Nationals have been able to boast that they had the National League Pitcher of the Month on their roster. Make that three times, as Major League Baseball announced late Thursday afternoon that the July award has been given to right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Zimmermann made six starts during the month, finishing with a 4-0 record and 0.97 ERA. He struck out 31 and walked just 4 over 37.0 innings of work. Zimmermann has quietly had once of the most dominant seasons in the Majors this year, leading the Majors in 19 quality starts. He’s pitched at least into the 6th inning in all 21 starts he’s made on the year, the only pitcher in baseball who’s done such a thing.
Stephen Strasburg took the honor in April. Gio Gonzalez won it in May. This is the first time one team has won the award three or more times in a given season since 1979. That year the Houston Astros saw Ken Forsch, Joe Niekro, Joaquin Andujar, and J.R. Richard each win.