Originally posted on Nats Insider:
Nationals manager Matt Williams laid out a plan for his starting rotation before the final week of the regular season, saying he would limit their outings based on pitch count and innings. The thought was to not push them hard before what the team hopes is a long stay in the MLB playoffs.
There was one exception, though. Williams would allow a pitcher to continue if the circumstances called for something special. If a guy had yet to allow a run or a hit, he would leave them in there.
Well, guess what happened. Baseball has a way of being unpredictable, but Williams’ words could not have been more prescient.
On Sunday, Jordan Zimmermann tossed the first no-hitter in Nationals history and the first for a Washington pitcher since Bobby Burke carved up the Red Sox at Griffith Stadium in August of 1931. History was made before 35,085 at Nationals…
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