(Jordan Zimmermann had gas against the Tigers. Screengrab via MLB.com)
All together now: "Spring training results stats radar gun readings don't matter!"
Unless you're Jordan Zimmermann, and your fastball registers consistently between 93-96 all night. Good sign. And on one first inning pitch to Magglio Ordonez - did the FoxSports Detroit radar gun really read 98? Why, yes, it did. See above. Probably just a little hiccup with the gun or something, right?
98, 96, who's counting? Regardless, Jordan Zimmermann's fastball was front and center last night:
"The fastball, I felt like I could throw it wherever I wanted to all night. That was the best control I’ve had with that all spring. Curveball was a little off. But I threw a lot more sliders. It’s either one’s good. I can’t have them both on the same night, it seems."
(Jordan Zimmermann, via Nationals Journal, 3/25/2011)
J-Zimm's line: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Dominated at times, put some guys on base, but worked his way out of trouble.
Oh, look! There's that top-of-the-rotation starter Mike Rizzo was searching for all winter!