26-year-old Nats' lefty Ross Detwiler gave up just one run in 6.0 IP last time out in what ended up a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Detwiler received no decision, but bounced back from a bit of a rough outing against Miami in his previous trip to the mound. Detwiler gave up seven hits and five runs (3 ER) in his September 8th start against the Marlins, throwing 89 pitches in 5.0 IP and barely received a mention in the post game, having left the mound hours before the Nats waited out a rain delay and battled back for a win.
After the Nationals' loss to Atlanta, the pitcher received nothing but praise from the Nats' 69-year-old skipper. The Nats were dominated by Braves' right-hander Kris Medlen, however, and lost 2-1 on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the ninth. The Nationals' manager said he was impressed with what he saw from the Nats' '07 1st Round pick as he was with what Medlen did on the mound. "Det pitched a hell of a ballgame," Davey Johnson told reporters, "I liked Det. Det showed me something. Going out there. Had some hard innings. Went back out there for the sixth. And threw a great game." Detwiler received no decision in either of his two last starts.
After 30 appearances and 24 starts this season, Detwiler has a 3.16 ERA, a 3.75 FIP, 43 walks (2.56 BB/9) and 94 Ks (5.60 K/9) in 151.0 IP. As a starter, the left-hander who figures prominently in the Nats' plans going forward, has a 3.33 ERA, a 3.62 FIP, 37 BB (2.42 BB/9) and 84 Ks (5.49 K/9) in 137.2 IP. Detwiler makes his 25th start of 2012 tonight and his second of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers. When Det faced the Dodgers in LA earlier this season (4/27), he allowed five hits, two walks and three runs (all earned) in 6.0 IP of a 3-2 loss in Dodgers Stadium.
• Here's the lineup that will take the field behind Detwiler tonight in Nationals Park:
#Nationals lineup vs. LAD - Werth 9, Harper 8, Zimmerman 5, LaRoche 3, Morse 7, Desmond 6, Espinosa 4, Suzuki 2, Detwiler 1— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) September 20, 2012