Fantasy Baseball Friday: Ryan Zimmerman’s Production is Here to Stay
by Alex Hall (@AlexKHall )
Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman did not start out the 2012 season the way his owners would have wished, but he’s finally making up for lost time during the summer.
To put Zimmerman’s sudden resurgence to fantasy relevancy in perspective: he ended the month of June with a .234 batting average. That mark as of August 11 stands at .276. This National has done nothing but hit since the calendar flipped to July and there’s no reason to believe that’s ending anytime soon.
Zimmerman has 14 multi-hit games since July started which accounts for the epic rise of his batting average, but those hits haven’t been just simple singles.
In that time span, the veteran third baseman has hit 11 homeruns. Before this productive stretch, Zimmerman had just five on the season.
The North Carolina-born slugger has hit at least 20 home runs in all but two of his seven years in the MLB and at this pace he’ll certainly exceed that mark. Zimmerman is going to continue to be a productive part of his owners’ offense because that’s what he’s been almost his entire career.
In Zimmerman’s career-best season back in 2009, he hit 33 home runs, 37 doubles, 106 RBI and batted .292. He followed that season up with 25 home runs, 32 doubles, 85 RBI and a .307 average.
While 2011 didn’t mark a great year for the career-long Nat, he did still post his a high average of .289 with 12 home runs despite an injury-ridden year. Zimmerman finds himself fully healthy for the first time in quite awhile as of now and that lack of pain can do wonders for a hitter.
So far the lack of pain is doing just that for the Washington player. He now finds himself on a revitalized roster thanks to the return of guys like Michael Morse and Jayson Werth during Zimmerman’s hot streak.
Having Werth and Morse back in the lineup means more RBI opportunities for their teammate and a greater chance of Zimmerman’s runs total going up. All three players have proven to be great power hitters in Washington and a boost in that team’s offensive output is good for owners of all three veterans.
Zimmerman has a strong chance to get close to his 2010 output this year considering he’s only nine homers and 23 RBI short of matching those totals. Some managers might be skeptical of Zimmerman’s recent success due to his less-than-stellar 2011 campaign and his flat out unproductive start to this year, but if owners stick with him from here on out, it’ll pay off pretty well in the end.
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