Nats Gallery Blog will name a Star of the Series upon the completion of every series this season. We will explain why three players are deserving of consideration and ultimately crown a Star of the Series. Here are the nominees for the 4/6-4/9 series against the New York Mets:
- Bryce Harper
- Ryan Zimmerman
- Max Scherzer
Brycer Harper is off to a strong start to open the season. Harper has collected 4 hits in 11 at bats (.364 AVG). He also hit the first home run of the season for the Washington Nationals when he lead off the bottom of the fourth inning with a shot into the seats in right field. Harper played solid defense recording 7 putouts in 7 chances. Harper struggled at the plate in the final game of the series striking out three times and conceding that Mets pitcher Matt Harvey “shut us down.”
Ryan Zimmerman was responsible for the entirety of Nationals scoring on Thursday night. Zimmerman came out swinging in the first inning after the 56 minute rain delay. Jacob deGrom pitched Zimmerman inside and he made him pay driving a 2RBI home run into the seats in left field. Zimmerman is also playing effective defense. Like Harper, Zimmerman also has a 1.000 FPCT. Zimmerman made two highlight reel plays Thursday night charging a deGrom sacrifice bunt attempt and laying out to record the out. He fully extended again in the eighth inning when he robbed Curtis Granderson of a hit and put him out at first base.
Max Scherzer also gets a nod this series. The opening day starter posted a 0.00 ERA and recorded 8 strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work. Scherzer could have been on the other side of the decision had it not been for a defensive miscue between Dan Uggla and Ian Desmond who let a ball drop in between them with one out in the top of the third. The Desmond error extended the inning and put runners on second and third. The winning run would score after a Lucas Duda singled in two runs on line drive to right field.
Star of the Series: Ryan Zimmerman
The decision ultimately came down to Zimmerman’s home run. Although he has just 1 hit in 11 at bats (.091), his 1 hit allowed the Nationals to take one of three from the Mets.