On Monday afternoon, Nationals manager Davey Johnson spent much of his pregame media session talking about his long-standing belief that developing players for the future doesn’t have to prevent a team from winning in the present.
And on Monday night, Ross Detwiler went out and backed up his point.
The left-hander, who went with the sixth pick in the 2007 draft, is finally getting a chance to solidify his place in the rotation. He’s never looked better in the Nationals’ rotation while doing it; on Monday night, he allowed a run in 6 2/3 innings, giving up only a homer to Henry Blanco and flashing a 94-mph sinker to go with his sharp curveball.
Detwiler has a 2.78 ERA now in four starts.
Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer in the victory, and the Nationals’ bullpen pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, with Drew Storen picking up his 34th save.
More from the clubhouse in a little bit.