Should the Nats have pulled Zimmermann?

The real Jordan Zimmermann stood up… and then sat back down. (Patrick McDermott / Getty Images)

Jordan Zimmermann was brilliant in the 7th, striking out the side and looking like a completely different pitcher than the one the Cardinals battered in St. Louis.

But Davey Johnson gave him the hook after only one inning and brought in Tyler Clippard.

If further proof was necessary, it’s clear that Johnson still trusts his former closer, despite his second-half struggles.

“Davey Johnson says he has to keep putting (Clippard) back out there,” TBS reporter David Aldridge said. “He says we wouldn’t be where we are without him.”

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