Washington Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann has been voted National League Pitcher of the Month for July, becoming the third different Nationals hurler to earn N.L. Pitcher of the Month honors this season, which is the most since 1979, when Houston Astros pitchers Ken Forsch (April), Joe Niekro (May), Joaquin Andujar (June) and J.R. Richard (September) all won monthly honors. This is Zimmermann’s first monthly award.
In six July starts, Zimmermann led qualifying Major League pitchers with a 0.97 ERA, allowing just four earned runs in 37.0 innings of work. The hard-throwing right-hander posted a 4-0 record, tying for the N.L. lead in wins, while ranking third in innings pitched and strikeouts (31). Zimmermann issued just four walks during the
month and allowed a single home run. The Auburndale, Wisconsin native earned the win in his first career start in his home state as the Nationals bested the Brewers, 4-1, at Miller Park on July 28. Zimmermann registered his Major League-leading 19th quality start in 21 outings, tossing 6.0 innings of one-run ball. The win marked the
10th consecutive quality start for Zimmermann and it was his seventh consecutive start in which he worked at least 6.0 innings without allowing more than one earned run.