Jordan Zimmermann: “If it’s going to be any year, it’s going to be this year”

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Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann has a keen idea of what the expectations are for his team this season. On the heels of signing Max Scherzer, trading for Yunel Escobar, and altering the bullpen a bit, the Nationals are the clear favorites to not only win the NL East, but the World Series.

Via MLB.com’s Jamal Collier:

“If it’s going to be any year, it’s going to be this year and we all know that,” Zimmermann said after tossing two shutout innings against the Braves on Friday. “We’re all getting ready for a big year.”

Zimmermann, who can become a free agent after the season, will be a big factor in the Nationals’ success or failure in attaining their ultimate goal. The right-hander wrapped up the 2014 regular season, following a no-hitter against the Marlins, with a 2.66 ERA and a 182/29 K/BB ratio in 199 2/3 innings.