Happy Labor Day

Three quick things:


1. What a gorgeous Labor Day at Nationals Park! The sun is shining, the breeze is light and a good quarter of the NatsTown population is wearing either white or a seersucker suit.


jzimm.JPG2. Jordan Zimmermann starts today, coming off a real gem last Tuesday against the Marlins. He pitched six shutout innings of one-hit ball, walking none and fanning nine–a career best. He retired the last fourteen batters he faced, eight of them by strikeout. Talk about dominance. More importantly, Zimmermann proved he could come back just as strong as ever from Tommy John surgery last August. “It’s probably the best I’ve felt in a long time,” Zimmermann said. “I kept the ball down and actually got some fastballs inside, which I didn’t do in my first start.” He has not earned a decision in either of his two starts this season and what better way to celebrate the holiday than with his first win?


3. Danny Espinosa gets the start at shortstop. Espinosa collected a hit in his first career at bat last Wednesday–a RBI double at that. Then, in his first career start two days later, Espinosa hit a long ball to the opposite field. Three innings later, he collected another opposite-field hit with an RBI double–from the opposite side of the plate.


“It’s a big part [of my game]. They can’t just pitch me one way. I’m not just a dead-pull hitter,” said the switch-hitter who has shown a knack for going the opposite way all season in the Minors.


“He’s got great talent and a great natural gift, but he’s just a gamer,” said teammate Drew Storen who played with Espinosa in the Arizona Fall League and Double-A Harrisburg this season. “He’s just a dirtball. He works really hard on the field but also off the field. I’m excited to see him here. I was fired up when I walked in here and saw his jersey hanging in his locker.” Jim Riggleman expects Espinosa to see “significant” playing time for the duration of the season.


Today’s lineups…

Mets (67-70):

1.    Angel Pagan – CF

2.    Luis Hernandez – 2B

3.    Chris Carter – RF

4.    David Wright – 3B

5.    Ike Davis – 1B

6.    Lucas Duda – LF

7.    Josh Thole – C

8.    Ruben Tejada – SS

9.    Mike Pelfrey – SP (13-8, 3.72 ERA)


 Nationals (59-78):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Roger Bernadina – LF 

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Willie Harris – RF

8.      Danny Espinosa – SS

9.      Jordan Zimmermann – SP (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

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