The Nationals will try to their break a brutal five-game offensive slump today against the wrong pitcher to try break a slump against. Without Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup, the Nationals will try to snap their five-game losing streak against Johnny Cueto, who dominated them 10 days ago and who leads the National League with a 2.03 ERA.
The Nationals will counter with their ace, Jordan Zimmermann, who will make the final start of his season today. He’s sitting at 157 innings and will surpass the 160-inning limit the Nationals placed on him in first full season back from Tommy John surgery. “He’s proved that he belongs up here,” Manager Davey Johnson said. “He’s definitely a premier pitcher on our ballclub, and in the league. I’ll miss him the last month, but he doesn’t have to show anything to anybody.”
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