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Zimmermann's Perfect Start

Jordan Zimmermann faced nine batters across three innings today, and it almost became hypnotic. Three up, three down. Three up, three down. Three up, three down. He struck out three, and looked very much like the sort of guy who belongs in a big league rotation. Either that, or the Syracuse Chiefs will have a perfect central figure for their early-season marketing promos.

Zimmermann threw 34 pitches -- 13 in the first, 11 in the second, 10 in the third.

Collin Balester, Zimmermann's primary competition for a spot in the rotation, will take the mound next.

Tough act to follow.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 4, 2009; 1:47 PM ET
 
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C'mon Bally! Keep it up!

Great job JZim!

Posted by: erocks33 | March 4, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The kids call them Zimm!

Posted by: angusgoodson | March 4, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Looking good so far, though not exactly a murderous row line-up by the Mets today.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm bettin' the Met's line-up looks a little a bit more like murder's row to a kid who is only facing big league hitters for his second time.

Posted by: lowcountry | March 4, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

The heat is on, Bally. Step to it.

Posted by: NatsNut | March 4, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

... I'm glad I'm late. I was just about to say the same thing, cokedispatch, but I do believe lowcountry has given the ultimate in responses.

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 4, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Bally's already beat. He gives up a solo HR to Fernando Tatis.

Posted by: faNATic | March 4, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

And then a 3-run shot to Ramon Castro. Yikes.

Posted by: faNATic | March 4, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Chico's got his storyline for tomorrow mapped out for him -- the Tale of Two Young Pitchers (best of times, worst of times and all that).

Posted by: Bethesdangit | March 4, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

New post up on Bally Star blog;

"Here we go Sky Chiefs, here we go!"

One rough inning does not a bad spring training make, but with Manny having J-Zimm and Bally going head to head for the last spot in the rotation and then have J-Zimm performing his role as the Zim Reaper and Bally giving up two dingers does not bode well for Colin...

Posted by: estuartj | March 4, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

A little set back for Bally perhaps. Still, this line-up shouldn't strke fear considering who isn't in it.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Dunn 0-2 and playing 1b for USA today. No strikeouts so far though...

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Ladson to be on WTEM shortly.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Hard for me to tell for sure because my box score hasn't changed in a half-hour (is it raining?) but it looks like Bally contained it to one bad inning.

Posted by: lowcountry | March 4, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Is Hernandez pinch hitting for guzman with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth?

Pressure time mr. Hernandez, prove your naysayers wrong!

Posted by: estuartj | March 4, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Nats have bases loaded w/2out...

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

And all against Livan Hernandez too, this is pretty think drama for spring training...

Posted by: estuartj | March 4, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Hernandez...ph-2 rbi

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Patterson - ph - 1 rbi

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

and Hernandez and Corey Patterson get back to back rbi singles, casto get a walk and now Marrero is up with the bases juiced and two out.

I LOVE BASEBALL!!!!!!

Posted by: estuartj | March 4, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

OK Marrero hits into a forceout for Nick Johnson, still a good learning experience for Chris, he is still but a child...

Posted by: estuartj | March 4, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Bellys weight loss proves worthy with a stolen base. Bally picked off runner at 2nd. nice stuff

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Bally had a 2B pickoff???? I LOVE 2B pickoffs!!

We haven't seen one of those since Simontacchi!!

Posted by: NatsNut | March 4, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Is the game on 1500/820 AM?

Posted by: rachel216 | March 4, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

No radio...just getting info from running box score.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I heard that JZim's nickname is the Zim Reaper. I like JZim and the Z-Mann too.

Posted by: dmacman88 | March 4, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Dunn has single and rbi as USA scores 3 in 8th to take the lead vs. Jays

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Odalis is pitching for the Domincans against the O's today. So far, 1 IP, no hits, one strikeout.

Pete Orr is 0-1 with a walk and a run scored for Team Canada versus the Phiilies.

ORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!

Posted by: erocks33 | March 4, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Will anyone be in FT Lauderdale this weekend? If so, let's tailgate for the Nationals vs. Dundalk birds game. I can't wait to be there!

GOOOOO NATIONALS!

Posted by: NatsandSkinsareclassclassclass | March 4, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Hanrahan in a jam. So far, 2/3 ip, 2 h/ 1 r

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I wish I could be there, but I will be in Viera 3/18 and 3/19 for Marlins and O's games.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Hanny - 1 ip - 2 h - 1 r - 1 bb - 1 so

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

winner winner chicken dinner

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Nice game for us. We hang 6 on two starters from a team that is supposed to contend. Zimermann is great and Mock and Bergmann hold in the pen.

If (imagine large font) we can get that to be a pattern, we could cause some trouble in the NL East.

Posted by: Avar | March 4, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

winner winner chicken dinner

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 3:36 PM

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speaking of which....

http://tinyurl.com/caogaq

Posted by: NatsNut | March 4, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Alright, Nats! So looks like Church was oh-fer?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 4, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Aah, NatsNut . . . that will be enough of that now.
____________________________
winner winner chicken dinner

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 4, 2009 3:36 PM

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speaking of which....

http://tinyurl.com/caogaq


Posted by: NatsNut | March 4, 2009 3:40 PM

Posted by: lowcountry | March 4, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was chicken dinner as on Dancing with the Stars. Poor new Screech.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 4, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a great line. Worthy of Charlie and Dave, NatsNut.

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We haven't seen one of those since Simontacchi!!

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 4, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It's the seventh game in an extended Spring Training. Nobody has beaten anyone yet.

But what a great storyline.

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Bally's already beat. He gives up a solo HR to Fernando Tatis.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 4, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

NatsNut is definitely on a roll today, JiM.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 4, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

lol...

JiM, one or two ST game does not a competition make. let's see where they stand on march 15th or march 22nd before trying to decide if one is the winner or loser. for all we know bally could go on a scoreless tear and zimm could get shelled twice in the next 10 days (not that i'm wishing that on him). it'll take more than one nice outing to secure that spot or one mediocre outing to lose it.

Posted by: sec231 | March 4, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The new Screech looks like a pedophile
http://mlb.mlb.com/was/community/mascot.jsp

Posted by: dclifer | March 4, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

... a good win today. Zimm with two 'n's did a masterful job; Collin showed good recovery, as did the team having lost the lead. All in all, a good day. And it was good to follow along with the rest of you via the box score.

... however I really do wish we could hear - on a regular gameday basis - from Manny ... and Randy and Rick and Gus Grissom and Riggles et al on their reactions to what they learned from the game, what steps forward the team made, what players have solidified their position and which ones maybe have dropped a peg or two.

... as much as I like to use this forum to read the entrails as much as the next guy (and in my world, even girls are guys), that's the kind of thing I want to get out of ST.

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 4, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

oops, i may have blamed JiM for what he quoted. sorry, bud.

Posted by: sec231 | March 4, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Haha, since it was my original quote that JiMpls carried forward, let me clarify: Tatis beat Balester today, not Zimmermann.

Zimmermann didn't get beat by any hitters today, Balester did.

Okay, clarification over. As everyone else has said, there's another month of spring training to go. Hooray for baseball!

Posted by: faNATic | March 4, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: estuartj | March 4, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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