We’re in the fourth inning here at Nationals Park, and despite a rocky start to the game from Jordan Zimmermann, the Nationals have pulled even with the Mets. Or rather, slugged their way even.
Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos have both homered here in the fourth inning, blasting shots to left off Mets starter Chris Young. Ramos’ homer was his second of the night - marking the first multi-homer game of his career - and we’re tied at three.
A couple points: Werth, who fouled a ball off his foot last night, seems to be fine. He’s homered twice in the Nationals’ last four games, and now has four homers for the season in 22 games. Multiply that over 162, and he’s on pace for 30. For all the trouble he’s had early this year, he’s right where he normally is.
And Ramos, who was left off the All-Star ballot when it came out today, continues to show he should be in the lineup full-time. He’s hitting .372 this season, and both of his homers were convincing. He’ll continue to get more playing time as the year goes on, but the Nationals might want to speed that process up.
Zimmermann has been throwing strikes early, but he’s been elevating his fastball in the strike zone. He’s thrown 52 pitches in four innings, and though he’ll have a shot to get through six tonight, he hasn’t exactly been sharp. But if the Nationals’ offense can keep hitting Young, they might be able to pull this one out in spite of a mediocre pitching performance.