Ryan Zimmerman went 0 for 3 today with a Run and a pair of Walks to snap his 30-game Hitting streak.  It’s only the second game of the year that Zimmerman failed to collect a Hit.

Washington did win the game though as Shairon Martis improved to 5-0.

Ryan Zimmerman did it again.  Another first inning single to run his hitting streak up to 30 games.  He’s currently hitting .368.

Not quite as solid a start for the other Zimmermann as Jordan gave up 2 first inning runs.

Once again Ryan Zimmerman did not waste any time taking care of his hitting streak.  He extended it to 29 games with a first inning Single.  He is 1 for 2 in the game and is currently hitting .348.

If Randy Johnson can hold on to his 3-2 lead he’s in line to win his 298th career game.

Ryan Zimmerman celebrated Mother’s Day by extending his hitting streak to 28 games with a first inning single.  He picked up 3 Hits on the day to raise his batting average to .346.

Ryan Zimmerman didn’t take care of extending his hitting streak early like he had the previous few games.  Instead he waited until the 8th inning to smack a HR and give Washington a 2-0 lead.  It was Zimmerman’s 6th HR on the year.

Once again Ryan Zimmerman took care of extending his hitting streak early. He singled in the first inning.  His streak is now up to 26 games.

Another Third Baseman made headlines today.  None other than Alex Rodriguez.  A-Rod smacked a three-run HR in the first Inning.  He was 1 for 4 in the game.  He struck out twice.  He must have inspired C.C. Sabathia because he threw a Complete Game four-hit Shutout.

Ryan Zimmerman did not waste any time extending his hitting streak to 25 games.  He picked up a Single in the first inning off the Dodgers’ Randy Wolf.

Juan Pierre started in Left Field for the suspended Manny Ramirez.  Matt Kemp hit a Grand Slam.

Washington Nationals’ Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman singled in the top of the First Inning to extend his hitting streak to 24 games.

Here is a list of guys who typically get off to slow starts.  If you draft them, be patient.  If you didn’t take them, they may good buy low candidates.

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Ryan Howard
- Howard is a beast so he probably isn’t going to come available, but don’t be discouraged by a slow start.  Last year year he hit .234 with 28 HRs and 84 RBI in 96 games before the All-Star break and .276 with 20 & 62 in the last 66 games.  For his career he hits 47 points higher after the break.

Ichiro Suzuki – Ichiro hit .252 in March & April last year and .323 the rest of the way.  His April swoon may seem uncharacteristic for Ichiro, but he is a .294 hitter in April and a .337 hitter thereafter.  If he struggles early, maybe you can surgically remove him from somebody’s team.

Bobby Abreu
- You may assume a slow start is due to relocation, but remember he hit .269 with just 3 HRs in 28 April games last year.  Historically, April is his worst month.  He has a .282 average and 31 HRs and 154.  He has at least 40 HRs & 170 RBI in every other Month but September (35 & 163).  Plus, he hits .303 in the other months.  He could be primed to take off someone’s hands if he starts slow.

Robinson Canó - Canó hit .246 before the break with 36 Runs and 38 RBI in 93 games and .307 with 34 R & RBIs in 66 games after the break.  He was especially bad in April hitting .151.  He always starts slow.  For his career he hits .257 in April and May and .322 the rest of the month.  This trend is probably too well known to exploit, but it’s worth a shot.

Ryan Zimmerman - Zimmerman started off March/April hitting .233.  He hit .301 the rest of the way.  Last year wasn’t atypical for Zimmerman.  For his career he has hit .237 in March/April and .292 in the other months.  Zimmerman is another one that you may actually be able to get if he starts slow again.

 
Freddy Sánchez – Freddy hit .226 with 37 Runs before the break in 87 games.  In the last 58 games he hit .346 with 38 Runs.  Historically April is his worst month with a .250 average, compared to .306 from May to September.  He has 20 Runs and 23 RBI in his career compared to and average of 56 Runs and 39 RBI in the other months.  He may be available on your waiver wire come May to give you a little shot in the arm in the Average and Runs department.

Jhonny Peralta - Before June Peralta his .233 with 19 RBI in 48 games (0.40 RBI per game).  After June he hit .294 with 70 RBI in 106 games (0.66 RBI per game).  In 85 career April games he’s hit .226 compared to .274 in other months.

 
Carlos Peña – Before June Peña hit .220 in 55 games.  He hit .266 the rest of the way.  Historically he has hit .229 before June and .262 in the other months. 

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Friday, May 16th
Jayson Werth
went 3 for 4 with 3 Runs, 3 HRs, and 8 RBI.  Josh Hamilton went 5 for 5 with 4 Runs, a Triple, 2 HRs, 5 RBI and a walk.  Alfonso Soriano hit a pair of HRs and drove in 4 Runs.  Brian Giles went 4 for 5 with a Run, 2 Doubles, and 2 RBI.  Ryan Zimmerman, Jose Guillen, Dan Uggla (3 Runs), Bobby Crosby, Brian McCann, David Murphy  (3 RBI), Akinori Iwamura, Delmon Young, Clint Barmes, Magglio Ordonez, Tadahito Iguchi, an Ray Durham pounded out 3 Hits each.  Michael Young scored 3 Runs and picked up 3 RBI.
Andy Sonnanstine allowed 1 Run in 8 Innings to improve to 6-1.  Sean Gallagher gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings for his first career Win.  Johnny Cueto gave up 3 Runs in 6 Innings with 7 Ks in a no-decision.  Brett Tomko gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 2-4.  Jair Jurrjens gave up 2 unearned Runs in 5 Innings to lower his ERA to 2.82 in his no-decision.  Nick Blackburn gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA.  Joe Saunders gave up 2 Runs in 7-1/3 Innings to improve to 7-1 with a .48 ERA.  Gavin Floyd tossed 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 4-2 with a 2.92 ERA.  Jonathan Sanchez took the loss despite allowing 2 Runs in 6-2/3 Innings with 6 Ks.


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