There are many things to be said of Ross Detwiler, the Washington Nationals’ power left-hander.
Presumably, you were aware of that juicy tidbit, provided you have watched alongside the rest of the Washington Metropolitan Area as he has developed into a frontline-caliber starter since his selection in the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Nationals.
His prowess was on full display last night as he led the Nationals to a series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on six innings of one-run ball, through which he allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out five.
With the victory, he added another talking point to any discussion involving him by notching his 10th win of the season, marking the first time he has reached double digits in the win column as a professional.
Now, on its own, that might not be seen as much of an achievement. But because in doing so, Detwiler became the pitcher of record for the game that clinched the first playoff berth for a Washington baseball team in 79 years and will forever be remembered by Nationals fans. Continue reading →
After splitting yesterday’s straight doubleheader with the Los Angeles Dodgers (77-72), the Washington Nationals (90-58) will have to play at least one more game before clinching a playoff berth that will mark the first for a D.C. baseball team in 79 long years.
With a win in the first game of the doubleheader, the Nationals ensured that they would live to play more than 162 games this year as they clinched a worst-case scenario that involves a 163rd game – one that would decide the winner of the second National League Wild Card.
Now, with their NL Wild Card magic number sitting at one, they can ensure that the 163rd game never happens by taking tonight’s game – and the series – from the Dodgers.
Still, Nationals manager Davey Johnson is concerned with only one thing.
“The only thing that means anything to me is when we clinch the [division],” Johnson said. “That’s the only thing I’m concerned with.”
What was originally scheduled to be the most significant series of the year for the Washington Nationals (89-54) and the Atlanta Braves (81-63) is now scheduled for standard fanfare – and it begins tonight as the two division rivals open a three-game series in what will be their final meeting of the regular season.
Since drawing to within four games of the Nationals on August 28, the Braves have played .500 baseball and watched their deficit jump to 8 1/2 games while the Nationals have scored a league-high 96 runs. Now, rather than hoping to close the gap that separates them from the Nationals, the Braves will look to put distance between themselves and the myriad teams hoping for a wild card.
Tonight’s matchup pits Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler against Braves righty Kris Medlen, who has returned to the rotation in his first full season since a 2010 Tommy John surgery, in what will be a rematch of their last meeting on August 22 at Nationals Park. Continue reading →
Last night, Stephen Strasburg took the mound at Nationals Park in what is expected to have been his last home start of the season. Prior to the first pitch, manager Davey Johnson noted that there would be no limits imposed on the young right-hander and that the game flow would ultimately dictate his outing, which it certainly did.
Strasburg only managed to pitch three innings, allowing the Miami Marlins (62-77) to jump out to an early 5-2 lead in their eventual 9-7 extra-innings loss.
For Strasburg, who insisted his struggles stemmed from a lack of fastball command, the short outing might net him another home start, as Johnson offered a cryptic answer when asked whether it could affect his innings limit.
“It might,” Johnson said.
For now, the Washington Nationals (85-53) will have to focus their attention on the second game in their three-game set with the Marlins. They will face veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle, who will be opposed by Nationals left-hander and recent consistency extraordinaire, Ross Detwiler. Continue reading →
If you have been following the Washington Nationals, the Stephen Strasburg innings limit or any major news outlet for the past five or so months, then you already know that the team plans to shut down the man Sports Illustrated once referred to as “the most hyped and closely watched pitching prospect in the history of baseball” after his start on September 12 against the New York Mets – just prior to the team’s first postseason run since the franchise moved to Washington D.C. in 2005.
You are also likely aware of the fact that Strasburg’s shutdown spells certain doom for the Nationals’ chances at making it through the playoffs to the World Series. At least, that is what most reporters outside of the district would have you believe. And we all know that reporters are never wrong. After all, how could a team possibly survive without its ace? Certainly the other aces – Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann – have nothing to say about it.
The news of the Nationals’ failed 2012 season comes as a bit of a disappointment, especially since left-hander Ross Detwiler and right-hander Edwin Jackson – mainstays in the Nationals’ starting rotation this season – are more than capable of picking up the slack. But no one will ever know because they are looked upon as no more than “the other guys.”
Need proof? Here are Twitter users @JWerthsBeard‘s and @JackoBeam‘s creation, which proves just how little the country believes in Detwiler and Jackson.
For the Atlanta Braves, the final game in their three-game series with the division-leading Washington Nationals was a must-win. After dropping the first two games of a series that promised to impact the National League playoff picture, the Braves fell seven games behind the Nationals, a team they will only see three more times before the regular season comes to a close. To let the Nationals sweep the series and take an eight game lead, forcing the Braves to rely on a plethora of sub-.500 teams to beat the major league’s resident powerhouse, would have been to all but admit divisional defeat.
Fortunately for the Braves, they were able to salvage the series finale and close the Nationals’ lead to six games. Continue reading →
Resilience – that is what it took for right-hander Stephen Strasburg to pitch 3 1/3 more innings after his outing was interrupted in the top of the third by a 51-minute rain delay. Despite the delay, Strasburg was still able to strike out 10 batters while giving up just one run on four hits and a walk through six strong innings to earn his 15th win of the season and his fourth in as many starts. With the win, the Washington Nationals (77-46) were able to extend their lead over the Atlanta Braves (70-53) in the National League East to a season-high seven games. Tonight, the Braves will look to avoid the sweep with right-handed reliever-turned-starter Kris Medlen. For the Nationals, it will be Ross Detwiler, who has yet to lose at Nationals Park since the All-Star break. Continue reading →
After a grueling post All-Star break stretch that included 35 games in 34 days, the Washington Nationals returned from an 8-2 road trip to enjoy a day off in the nation’s capital. Tonight, the Nationals (73-45) will begin a six-game home stand with the New York Mets (56-62). Nationals’ left-hander Ross Detwiler, who will pitch on normal rest and replace Edwin Jackson, will look to make the team winners of eight of their last 10 as he takes on the Mets’ veteran left-hander Johan Santana. Continue reading →
The Washington Nationals (71-43), winners of nine of their last 10, will be looking for their ninth win in as many games as they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a three-game set this afternoon. After rallying for five runs in the fifth in last night’s win, the Nationals will be looking for their second straight series sweep with left-hander Ross Detwiler on the hill. He will take on Arizona’s rookie left-hander Patrick Corbin.
Despite receiving a no-decision in his last outing, Detwiler (6-4, 2.99 ERA) has pitched marvelously through his last two starts, throwing a combined 14 innings and giving up just two runs while relying primarily on his fastball – a pitch that he has thrown more than 88 percent of the time in those two starts. In four of his last five starts, Detwiler has worked seven innings.
In three career starts against the Diamondbacks, Detwiler is 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA.
Corbin (3-4, 3.53 ERA), a 23-year-old rookie, left his last outing with the lead but received a no-decision in an eventual Diamondbacks win after pitching six innings and giving up just two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven. Though his numbers may not suggest it, Corbin has pitched well throughout his rookie campaign.
Corbin has never pitched against Washington.
With a series win already in hand, the Nationals will be, as noted, looking for the sweep prior to heading west to take on the San Francisco Giants in a three-game series before heading home to open up a home stand with the New York Mets.
Tonight’s matchup between the Washington Nationals (66-43) and the Houston Astros (36-74) will see the Nationals’ power-lefty Ross Detwiler face off against the Astros’ 21-year-old right-hander Jordan Lyles.
Detwiler (6-4, 3.02 ERA) is coming off one of the most dominant outings we have seen from the lefty so far. In last week’s 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, Detwiler threw seven shutout innings, striking out three batters while yielding just three hits and two walks. Impressive is the fact that the pitcher accomplished all of this without relying on his off-speed pitches. Of his 88 total pitches, 78 were fastballs.
Detwiler has only faced the Astros on one other occasion – a win in which he threw six innings and gave up just two runs on two hits and two walks.
Lyles (2-8, 5.09 ERA), who began the season with the Class AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks and was 5-0 with a 3.54 ERA, is coming off one of worst outings of his young career. Lyles was saddled with a loss in Milwaukee last week, a performance that saw the pitcher throw just five innings while surrendering nine runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three.
In his career against the Nationals, Lyles is 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA in 10.1 innings pitched.
The Nationals will be looking to take the second game of a four-game series after edging out the Astros in 11 innings last night. Jayson Werthwill not be in the starting lineup as manager Davey Johnson gives him a chance to rest his legs.