Jordan Zimmermann dealing early; Nationals lead Mets

NEW YORK - Two years ago, Jordan Zimmermann got the first road win of his career by coming into Citi Field and shutting the Mets down. He allowed a run in 5 1/3 innings, striking out five, and made Mets hitters look foolish on more than one occasion.

In his first road start of this season, Zimmermann looks on his way to doing that again.

He’s struck out four hitters in the first two innings of the game, three of them on called third strikes, and the Nationals have a 2-0 lead over the Mets.

Zimmermann has thrown 34 pitches in two innings, 22 of them strikes. He’s done a nice job with his fastball, throwing it 22 times and getting 15 strikes off of it. He’s kept it down in the zone and every time he’s thrown a first-pitch strike, it’s been on his fastball. The Mets have three lefties and three switch-hitters in their lineup today, so if Zimmermann has a good day, it’s going to be with fastball command and early strikes as much as anything. It’s only 42 degrees here today, so he might have a tougher time locating his breaking pitches. We are talking about a pitcher who grew up in frigid Wisconsin, though.

And at the plate, Zimmermann has been equally impressive; he punched a bases-loaded double down the right field line in the second inning, scoring two runs before Ivan Rodriguez was thrown out at third for the final out of the inning.