Zimmermann carving out an identity

Imperturbable Nationals starter is quietly, effectively making bland fashionable

Updated: May 13, 2013, 8:28 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Jordan Zimmermann, the shining light of the Washington Nationals' rotation in April and May, is functionally equipped to go the distance. He has the mechanics of a relentless strike thrower, a quick arm action that makes his mid-90s fastball play up a couple of mph, a set of pale blue eyes that bore a hole in the catcher's mitt before each delivery, and a heart rate that proceeds with the urgency of Beltway rush hour traffic.

Teammate Stephen Strasburg is inclined to vent his frustrations ...

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