Seeing All-Stars and Lineups

Ryan Zimmerman Walk off fist pump c.JPGWe don’t feel we’ve been campaigning adequately for Ryan Zimmerman to go to the All-Star Game. Apparently, between last night’s “Send Zim to Anaheim” signage presented by the Racing Presidents and two of the last three blog posts on this site providing links, Zim is still in second-place in voting behind Reds first baseman Joey Votto. So we’re hoping this link right
HERE will push him over the edge.

Since Zimmerman was announced as one of five nominees for the 2010 All-Star Game final vote on Sunday, he’s done everything to prove he deserves a spot. Zimmerman battled through a rough patch prior to the announcement. He went 16-for-81 (.198) with six RBI and just one home run from June 10 to July 3. Then, on July 4, he was announced as one of five nominees for the 2010 All-Star Game final vote, so, fittingly, Zimmerman laid his cold bat to rest and went on a tear. He improved his .198 batting average to .667 (6-for-9) in the two games since the announcement. He’s provided enough RBI in those two games alone to match his total in the 22 previous games. And he doubled the number of home runs hit from June 10 to July 3. Oh yeah… let’s not forget he’s responsible for hitting the walk-off home run in last night’s victory over the Padres. Clutch.

And speaking of following a slump with some pretty good baseball, the other man who hit a home run in last night’s game is doing the same. Ian Desmond batted .222 (18-for-81) during the “June Swoon.” As the calendar turned, so has Desmond’s fortunes at the plate. In five July contests, Desmond is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with two doubles, one home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

Now for today’s lineups… but not before reminding you once again to vote HERE to send Ryan Zimmerman to the All-Star game.

Padres (49-34):

1.    Tony Gwynn – CF

2.    Jerry Hairston Jr. – 2B

3.    Adrian Gonzalez – 1B

4.    Scott Hairston – LF

5.    Chase Headley – 3B

6.    Nick Hundley – C

7.    Aaron Cunningham – RF

8.    Everth Cabrera – SS

9.    John Garland – SP (8-5, 3.24 ERA)

* Each of the Padres last five games, including four games against the Astros, have been decided in the last at-bat.

* MLB announced today that closer Heath Bell was selected to the 2010 National League All-Star team to replace the injured Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers.

 Nationals (37-47):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Roger Bernadina – RF

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      J.D. Martin – SP (0-4, 3.38 ERA)

* The Nationals’ last five home wins, including last night’s 6-5 win over the Padres, have been one-run victories. That matches the club’s record set from September 6-29, 2009.

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