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Zimmermann Sick, But Still Going

There's a some buzz around HSCS, because we're about 15 minutes away from the first pitch, but already the stands are filling; some Nationals employees are even talking about a potential sellout, which would be the first of the spring. The logical explanation, of course, is that folks are caravanning in by the busload from as far as Pensacola and Tallahassee just to catch a glimpse of Jordan Zimmermann.

The Nats' 22-year-old, starting today, has not allowed a run this spring in 12-1/3 IP. He's been battling a flu bug in the past day or two, but Zimm told the trainers he felt okay to give this a shot. And hey, isn't that what Michael Jordan said before Game 5 in 1997? Wait -- let's not get carried away.

If Zimmermann lasts long enough, he'll finally get a chance to face hitters not just once, but two and three times. Thus, hitters will make their adjustments, and we'll get to learn how Zimmermann adapts. Manny Acta called that test a "good measuring stick" for his young pitcher. Not to be forgotten: Albert Pujols is in the lineup today for the Cards, batting third.

Maybe people want to see him, too.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 21, 2009; 12:39 PM ET
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St. NN gives up a run. Say it ain't so! Bummer.

Posted by: Section138 | March 21, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

3-0 Cardinals. Top of the first. Runner at 3rd.
No idea how man out because these St. Louis announcers suck.

Posted by: Section138 | March 21, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Runner at 1st and 3rd, to be more accurate.

Posted by: Section138 | March 21, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

And after 7 minutes, they finally said 1 out.

Posted by: Section138 | March 21, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Strikeout for NN. 1st and 3rd, 2 out.

Posted by: Section138 | March 21, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

NN strikes out the batter. He struck out the last two he faced. Oh, and one run was unearned, due to a Kearns error.
1 IP 2 K 3 R 2 ER

Posted by: Section138 | March 21, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Too bad only the StL feed is available - caught them a week or two ago; Mike Shannon is an idiot behind the mike, and the guy in the booth with him just lets him ramble along, with only occaisional references to the game on the field.

Posted by: BinM | March 21, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow, BinM, I couldn't of described their duo any better. Agree 100%.

Posted by: Section138 | March 21, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Bases clearing (2 on) double by Pujols. 5-0 Cards, top 6 man on 2nd 1 out.


Posted by: Section138 | March 21, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

We are definitely spoiled by getting to listen to Charlie and Dave all year (or half the year on XM - home team broadcasts are carried). Shannon is annoying for sure.

Posted by: utec | March 21, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, ZMM has proven that he's human - has the flu & touched up for five ER in his 1st two innings.

Willingham goes deep (relatively speaking) - Cards 5, Nationals 1.

Posted by: BinM | March 21, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

No point listening to today.....Where is our prodcast team? Every other game in FL has two prodcast this late in the season.....not the Nats!

Posted by: JayBeee | March 21, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse least I know know exactly how many miles inland the park is......Shannon is just too old...

Posted by: JayBeee | March 21, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the clarification, JayBee. I was envisioning some sort broadcast that gave a new meaning to "cowboy up."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 21, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

sort of, rather

git along little dogies

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 21, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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