Every year, Ryan Zimmerman seems to go on one of these runs, where he's locked in for weeks at a time. But there's probably only been one other streak in Zimmerman's career like the one he's on now - his 30-game hit streak back in 2009. And right now, Zimmerman looks capable of pushing his current tear into that realm.
He's had a first-inning hit in every game of the Nationals' series with the Cubs. Today, he blasted a home run out of Wrigley Field, landing a Ryan Dempster slider on Waveland Avenue behind the left field bleachers. Zimmerman has hit in 19 straight games, and though this was the first homer of that streak, he's 32-for-76 at the plate in that time.
In his 30-game run in 2009, Zimmerman hit .382/.427/.649 with eight homers and 26 RBI. His power has been slower to come around this year because of the torn abdominal muscle that cost him two months of the season, but the extra-base hits are starting to trickle in; he's got five of them in his last seven games now. With Zimmerman on that run, Michael Morse having one of the best offensive seasons in the National League and Jayson Werth starting to find his form, the Nationals are developing a solid middle of the order that could do some serious damage if they could get the rest of their lineup working.
Jordan Zimmermann has worked three scoreless innings, throwing 30 of 39 pitches for strikes, and it's 1-0 Nationals.