Zimmerman posted a .500/.500/1.154 line with 13 hits, five home runs, 13 RBIs and 11 runs scored as the Nats went 4-3 against the Colorado Rockies and New York Mets.
Ryan Zimmerman is in a resurgence type of year, kind of like when Dusty Baker was the manager for the San Francisco Giants with Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent. Dusty helped Jeff Kent to some of his best years ever as a pro just like Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper with the Washington Nationals.
The honor wraps up one of the most prolific months the first baseman has ever had at the plate.
With 24 games under his belt already, Zimmerman leads the majors in batting average (.420), slugging percentage (.886), OPS (1.345), hits (37), RBIs (29) and is tied with Milwaukee Brewers’first baseman Eric Thames for the top spot in home runs (11).
The MLB has yet to announce the winner of the Player of the Month Awards, but Zimmerman is most likely right in the mix along with Thames and teammate Bryce Harper.
Zimmerman’s award is the second straight Player of the Week honor Washington has received.
Although the loss of Adam Eaton for the season certainly is a blow to the offense moving forward, Zimmerman’s impressive comeback from a disappointing season a year ago has made the injury bearable.
As Harper and fellow slugger Daniel Murphy both hit left-handed, Nationals manager Dusty Baker has slotted Zimmerman at the cleanup spot so far.
If he continues to hit at the rate he has, there’s little doubt that the former Face of the Franchise will have plenty of opportunities to hit with runners on base ahead of him.