In his last outing, Ross Detwiler flashed better stuff than he might have had at any point in his short career. He’s looked like that same pitcher again early tonight.
Detwiler has thrown just 40 pitches through four innings, 26 of them strikes. He’s hitting 94 mph again with his sinker, and has notched strikeouts on both his curveball and changeup. The Nationals have a 1-0 lead over the Diamondbacks after a Jonny Gomes RBI single in the second inning.
When he’s throwing his sinker this effectively, Detwiler will be able to work quickly and pitch deep into games. The Nationals have only wanted to see consistency from Detwiler in the last two years, and if he can maintain this kind of stuff, he’s got a great shot to put himself in the rotation next year.
The Nationals could have given him a bigger lead, though; Wilson Ramos swung at the first pitch he saw from Joe Saunders after Gomes’ single, and grounded into a double play to end the second inning, stranding Danny Espinosa at third.