"Ross Detwiler" sounds like the name of some guy you kept hearing about in high school who went to another school and who had a nice car and dated all the girls in your class that you liked. And that's kind of what he was when he last faced the Reds, striking out 7 while allowing just one earned run in six innings. It's easy to forget that in the parade of semi-anonymous pitchers the Nationals have featured in recent years, some of them have pretty good expectations. Detwiler was a #51 prospect pre-2008 and had a great year in the minors in 2010 across 3 levels.
The goal for the Reds at this late date is probably just a winning season. The reach goal is a second-place finish. Both those outcomes may be more important to management than they are to the fans. Personally, I'm going to be more interested in the components of a good finish: some improvement by the rookies, no injuries to the veterans and evidence of at least a half-step forward by players in a similar career arc to Mike Leake.
For those on the Eastern Seaboard preparing for Irene: be safe, don't loot anything and probably don't use this thread as a sole source of Hurricane preparation advice.
|2011 - Mike Leake||10-8||29||22||0||0||0||0||138.2||137||65||63||19||34||103||4.09||1.23|
|2011 - Ross Detwiler||2-3||10||5||0||0||0||0||38.0||38||12||11||5||13||26||2.61||1.34|
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