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Ryan Zimmerman is struggling, but he’s sure a surge is right around the corner

July 16th, 2017 at 1:14 PM
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Ryan Zimmerman has been a better second-half player his entire career. (Nick Wass/Associated Press)

CINCINNATI â?? Ryan Zimmerman wasn’t in the Nationals’ starting lineup Sunday against the Reds. It wasn’t because he’s hurt or because he’s been scuffling. He’s healthy, and the fact that he’s healthy on July 16 supersedes the struggle he’s endured since spending the first month of the season blasting baseballs. Manager Dusty Baker just wanted to give the all-star first baseman a day off after not taking much of a break during the all-star break. He did the same with Daniel Murphy on Friday.

Zimmerman, however, has been in a rut. He earned National League Player of the Month honors for April by batting .420 with a 1.345 on-base-plus-slugging percentage and 11 home runs in 24 games, a blistering performance that got him voted in as the National League all-star team’s starting first baseman after he was one of baseball’s worst everyday players in 2016.

But his production has since declined steadily. In 52 games since May 8, when he entered the day with a .435 batting average, the 32-year-old is batting .260 with a .715 OPS and six home runs in 215 plate appearances. And the regression has steepened by the month: After that 1.345 OPS in April, he posted a .905 OPS in May and a .791 OPS in June. July’s sample size is tiny, but the drop …

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