Jordan Zimmermann: About Last Night

You have to think that Jordan Zimmermann’s night goes a little better if he gets the call on the 3-2 slider on Kevin Plawecki in the third. It was a strike, certainly. Unfortunately for Zimmermann he didn’t get the call, Plawecki walked, and Zimmerman soon saw a 1-0 lead turn into a 5-1 deficit in the span of five pitches. He hung a curveball to Curtis Granderson, and the fastball to Daniel Murphy caught a lot of the plate, but the fastball up and in to Lucas Duda was a great pitch. What left handed batter hits that pitch out? Duda is so ridiculously hot right now that a fly out was a long home run.

Last night marked the sixth time in Zimmermann’s career where he’s allowed three home runs, though I can’t imagine they all came in the same inning before. The last time it happened was against the Cubs in August of 2013. For the most part, Zimmermann looked solid last night. Of the six hits allowed, four came within five pitches in that third inning. His fastball was elevated, as Zimmermann typically does, but he spotted it well, and his slider was filthy. I think it fooled home plate umpire Andy Fletcher with its late break as much as the Mets hitters. On the night, Zimmermann finished with six innings pitched, allowing five earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Below I’ve listed the particulars for the Nationals starting pitcher for yesterday’s game. The tables and charts don’t exactly tell the entire story of last night’s pitching performance. These are just numbers, not stories, and each start is its own individual story. I like to think of these charts as the footnotes at the bottom of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They’re not essential to making sense of the story’s narrative flow, but it definitely adds to the story’s richness if you understand the political and religious climates of late nineteenth century Ireland. In other words, it’s one thing to know that a thing occurred in a linear fashion, but it’s best to gain a deeper understanding as to why those events occurred.

Pitch Type Thrown Percentage
Curveball 14 14.7
Fourseam 55 57.9
Slider 26 27.4

Pitches by Type

Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:

Outcome Curveball Fourseam Slider
Ball 4 14 11
Called Strike 3 9 3
Swinging Strike 4 2 2
Foul 0 20 5
In play, no out 0 1 2
In play, out(s) 1 7 3
In play, run(s) 1 2 0

Pitches by Outcome


Pitch Type Min (mph) Mean (mph) Max (mph)
Curveball 79.5 81.4 82.9
Fourseam 92.1 93.97 95.9
Slider 85.9 88.2 89.5

Pitch Velocities

Below are the pitch locations by both batter stance (left or right) and by pitch type:

150802_ZimmBatterPitch Location by Batter

By pitch type:

150802_ZimmPitchPitch Location by Pitch Type



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