Friday, May 29, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park
Ross Detwiler vs J.A. Happ
?'s For The DC Faithful...
• Sure, Routine Flies Are Homers Here, But At Least DC's Not Playing In Citi Field?
• How Much Is This Lineup Missing Dukes And Flores?
• How Much Longer Will Detwiler Be Hanging Around DC?
• Who Gets To Hit Utley This Series?
• Did You Watch Strasburg?
Today's Starters Are Going To Stare At You Now...
#48 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals
Mar 06, 1986
'09 Stats - (0-0), 2 GS, 11.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 10 K's, 2.45 ERA, 0.82 ERA, .125 BAA.
• Ross Detwiler has never faced Philadelphia.
#43 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies
Oct 19, 1982
'09 Stats - (2-0), 13 G, 1 GS, 27.2 IP, 18 H, 18 ER, 2 HR, 9 BB, 21 K's, 2.60 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, .188 BAA.
vs DC - (2-0), 1 H, 0.00 ERA, 6 G, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 9 K's, .192 BAA.
Detwiler vs Happ...
J.A. Happ, who was working out of the bullpen last time DC faced Philadelphia, replaced Chan Ho Park in the Phils' rotation and made his first start of the season in Yankee Stadium last Saturday in a game which he left in line for a win before a 9th inning two-run HR and a walk-off RBI single deprived the 26-year-old left-hander of the W...Ross Detwiler is two starts into his Major League career, and he's yet to earn a decision either way though the Nationals are 0-2 with their '07 1st Round pick on the mound, in losses to Pittsburgh and Baltimore in which he's allowed just 3 ER in 11 innings.
Acta And Detwiler...
Asked by MLB.com's Bill Ladson yesterday, which of the young Nationals' starters was the biggest surprise, DC Manager Manny Acta told Mr. Ladson, in an article entitled, "Acta discussed Nats' present, future", that it was today's starter, Ross Detwiler, "...because of the way he looked in Spring Training." Mr. Acta explained:
"He was erratic when he was on the mound. Going back to what I saw in Spring Training, I didn't think I would see him this quick at the big league level. But we all knew he had the potential because you don't get picked in the first round based on a coincidence."
Not To Dwell On The Past...BUT...
Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Kaduk, aka 'Duk, wrote yesterday, in an article about the home run the Mets' Daniel Murphy supposedly hit Wednesday night entitled, "Mets benefit from home run that probably was not a home run", that he'd:
"...spent the better part of the morning watching replays of Daniel Murphy's blast to right field Wednesday night at Citi Field and still have no idea how the umpiring crew ruled it a two-run HR."
HERE's the video...take one more look before we move on to Philadelphia. I watched it frame by frame, and still can't decide...
DC Starting Lineup...
- The Guzzzz - SS
- Nick "Two-Spot" Johnson - 1B
- THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! - 3B
- The Big Bridgey! - RF
- THE HAMMER - LF
- The Bard - C
- Anderson "Elvis" Hernandez - 2B
- J-Maxx - CF
- Rosswiler - SP
DC vs Philly - '09
The Washington Nationals' first win this season, after seven tries, came against Philadelphia back on April 16th, and it was one of only two games that DC's taken from Philly this season, with Philadelphia winning 7 of the first 9 games between the NL East "rivals", and 6 of the last 7 they've played, including four-straight in a sweep in Nationals Park two weekends back. Since the start of the last series with the Phillies, on May 15, the Nationals are 2-12...
Washington Times' writer Thom Loverro On The '09 Washington Nationals...
Just when you thought that things couldn't get worse, Washington Times' writer Thom Loverro takes us on a quick one paragraph review of the season so far, in an article entitled, "DC finds itself entering the steroid zone", that thankfully doesn't mention the "Natinals" jerseys, but unfortunately touches on everything else...(ed. note - "Wait, what? Oh he does mention the jerseys, ugh! Missed that..."):
"General manager resigns in disgrace. FBI investigates Dominican player signings. Attendance is poor. Embarrassment ensues over misspelled jerseys. Three new statues on the center-field plaza are universally panned. A small but angry fan base gets upset over your wooing of Phillies fans to Nationals Park. Daniel Cabrera (he of the $2.6 million salary) is cut loose. And still upcoming is a summer of anxiety that includes dealing with Scott Boras and his $50 million demands for Stephen Strasburg."
For A Philly Fan's Perspective Check Out The SBN's Philadephia Phillies blog:
Who's Watching The Nationals?