If there was one guy on the roster coming out of spring training that caused no cause for the Nationals to be concerned, it was Jordan Zimmermann. The right-hander had been a model of consistency and success for three seasons, and there was no reason to believe anything would be different this time around.
Well, two months in, something most definitely is different. Zimmermann has been anything but consistently successful, and Wednesday night's performance was only the latest example. Pulled after allowing four runs (three earned) and eight hits in only five innings, he dug the Nationals into a 4-0 hole.
And this was nothing new for Zimmermann, who has now allowed at least four runs in four consecutive starts for the first time since he was a rookie in 2009.