Stats & Info: Ross Detwiler
July, 8, 2013
By Jeremy Mills, ESPN Stats& Info | ESPN.com
Mitchell Layton/Getty ImagesDan Haren looks for his 1st win since May 9 when he takes on the Phillies tonight.
1. Bryce Harper is starting to heat up after coming off the DL on July 1. He is 4-for-6 with four RBI in the last two games after going 1-for-19 in his first five games back. He has hits in all three games against the Phillies this season.
2. The Nationals are 13-10 against left-handed starters this season, but the offense has struggled against southpaws.
Washington hitters have a .218 batting average and .626 OPS against lefties, both the lowest in the majors.
The acquisition of Scott Hairston from the Cubs on Sunday should help; he has a .818 career OPS against southpaws.
3. Dan Haren will be activated off the DL for the Nationals and take the place of Ross Detwiler (who was placed on the DL).
Haren hasn’t won since May 9, and with a loss, he would be the fifth 10-game loser in the National League.
Over his last eight starts, Haren is 0-6 with a 7.01 ERA. He has allowed at least one home run in 11 of his 15 starts this season. His 19 homers allowed are tied for the second-most in the majors (Jeremy Guthrie has allowed 20).
Eleven of the 19 home runs Haren has allowed this season have come off his slider, one of his best out pitches during his three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
4. Domonic Brown is second in the NL with 23 home runs, 20 of them coming since the calendar flipped to May (most in the National League).
Brown has been especially productive at home. He leads the majors with home runs on 34% of his flyballs at home; compared to only 15% away from Citizens Bank Park.
5. For the second straight season, the Phillies placed Ryan Howard in the DL. After playing at least 140 games every year from 2006 to 2011, he’s played only 151 games over the last two years combined.
Howard signed a 5-year, $125-million contract in 2010 that runs through 2016 (with a club option in 2017). As for platooning, Howard has hit below .200 against left-handed pitchers in each of the last two seasons.
September, 20, 2012
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
Rob Carr/Getty ImagesBryce Harper can look ahead to postseason baseball.
The United States has had 13 presidents since a baseball team from Washington, D.C., made the postseason. This year’s Nationals franchise is the first since the Senators did Franklin Roosevelt proud by winning the American League pennant in 1933.
Let’s take a quick look back at how and why the Nationals got to this point.
How they won
The Nationals have won all season, posting a winning record in every month.
They beat bad teams (going 27-6 against the Mets, Cubs and Astros) and good teams (going 13-4 against the Reds, Giants and Cardinals).
They’ve won largely on the strength of their pitching. They have the best ERA and the fourth-most strikeouts in the majors.
Four Nationals starters have won in double figures, and the rotation leads the majors in wins, ERA and opponents’ batting average.
The Harper impact
Bryce Harper might not have had quite the season Mike Trout has had in the AL, but he contributed in multiple ways for the team.
Harper has 19 home runs and 50 RBIs, and is only the second player to hit both benchmarks in the same season in his “age-19-or-younger” season (age defined by age on June 30 of that season). Tony Conigliaro of the 1964 Red Sox is the other.
The Nationals went 27-6 in games in which Harper drove in at least one run this season.
Thursday’s winner, Ross Detwiler, has won 10 games, has made 25 starts and figures to be a key for the Nationals in the postseason with Stephen Strasburg out of the starting rotation.
Detwiler has won partly on the strength of his work against lefties. Lefties are hitting only .161 against him in his 25 starts, the lowest opponents’ batting average for a pitcher in his starts this season.
Did you know?
Nationals manager Davey Johnson joined Billy Martin as the only managers to take four different teams to the postseason. Johnson also got there with the Mets, Reds and Orioles, winning a World Series with the 1986 Mets.
Wins to remember for Nationals fans came with the arm, the bat and the glove.
April 17 -- Gio Gonzalez sets the tone for a spectacular season with his second straight start of seven innings, zero runs and two hits allowed in a 1-0 win over the Astros. It was Gonzalez’s first win with the Nationals. His second would come in his next start, in which he allowed no runs and two hits again, this time in six innings.
Stat of the Day: Gonzalez was the first pitcher in Nationals history to record three straight starts of at least six innings, allowing two hits or fewer. Four other pitchers have had such a streak since the Nationals became a franchise in 1969 -- Nolan Ryan (1981 Astros), Al Leiter (1996 Marlins), Randy Johnson (1997 Mariners) and Damian Moss (2002 Braves).
June 5 -- Harper notched his first career walk-off hit as the Nationals rallied in the eighth, 10th and 12th innings to beat the Mets, a win that kept the team in first place.
Elias Stat of the Day: Ian Desmond drove in the tying runs for the Nationals in the eighth, 10th and 12th innings. Desmond was the first player with three tying/go-ahead RBI events in the eighth inning or later of a game since the Reds’ Art Shamsky had three against the Pirates on Aug. 12, 1966.
Aug. 7 -- Roger Bernadina made an incredible catch up against the fence in Houston for the final out of the game, preserving a 3-2 12-inning win against the Houston Astros.
Stat of the Day: Bernadina’s catch was the night’s No. 1 Web Gem on "Baseball Tonight." The Nationals rank second in the majors with 39 Web Gems this season, trailing only the Royals.
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Stephen Strasburg is the star, but it's the depth of the Nationals rotation that has helped the team to the best record in the major leagues.
Yet, there, two games ahead of every other team, are the Washington Nationals. Yes, the Nationals, they of the one playoff appearance in franchise history, that coming in 1981 when the team was still based in Montreal.
The 2012 version of the team has a 68-43 record, good for a .613 winning percentage. That would be the second-best mark in franchise history, trailing only the 1994 Expos, who were 74-40 (.649) before the season was canceled due to a players’ strike.
The strength of this Nationals team has been its pitching, particularly the starters. You might immediately think of Stephen Strasburg when you think of Nationals pitching, but it’s the rotation’s depth that will help in September and beyond.
Nationals pitching as a whole leads the majors in ERA, as well as opponents’ batting average and on-base percentage. The starters have been even better, with a 3.19 ERA, best in the majors, compared to the bullpen’s 3.40 ERA, which ranks 13th in the majors.
Strasburg is the headliner of the rotation, with a MLB-best 11.3 K per 9 IP, but he's at 127⅓ innings for the season and averaging about six innings per start. If 160 innings is his limit for the season, and he continues to start every fifth day, he's on pace to hit that mark Sept. 7 against the Marlins, nearly four weeks before the end of the regular season.
But not to fear, Nats fans. Even if Washington has to go without Strasburg to end the season, starting pitching will still be a strength with these four anchoring the rotation.
• Jordan Zimmermann: Zimmermann enters Thursday night’s start against the Houston Astros as Washington’s hottest pitcher, going 5-0 with a 1.65 ERA in his last eight starts. In those eight starts, he’s allowed more than one earned run just once, and he hasn’t allowed more than four earned runs in a start this season.
• Ross Detwiler and Edwin Jackson: These two round out the rotation, but they rank 16th and 34th respectively in the majors in ERA. Since the All-Star Break, Detwiler has a 1.93 ERA.
Washington’s pitching becomes even more impressive when you consider that no Nationals starter ranks in the top 20 in the majors in run support this season. Strasburg and Gonzalez also rank first and second in the majors in defense-independent ERA.
May, 25, 2012
By Katie Sharp and Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
Daniel Shirey/US PresswireTim Hudson looks to continue his recent success at Turner Field tonight against the Nationals.
The Braves look to reverse their recent slump and avoid a season-high fifth straight loss. The league’s second-best offense averaged just two runs per game and was hitless in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position as they were swept by the Cincinnati Reds earlier this week.
Atlanta sends veteran Tim Hudson to the mound in the opening game tonight. Hudson is 14-3 with a 2.05 ERA in his career versus the Nationals/Expos franchise, the second-most wins and best ERA among active pitchers against the team.
Hudson has also not allowed more than three earned runs at home in his last 19 starts. That’s the longest current streak of consecutive home starts allowing three or fewer earned runs, and the longest by a Braves pitcher since Greg Maddux reeled off 23 such starts from 1993-95.
The Nationals enter the series having won three of their last four games, getting strong performances from their top three studs in the rotation – Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez – before losing to Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.
Tonight Ross Detwiler takes the ball for the Nationals. Detwiler had the last non-quality start by a Washington pitcher when he allowed a season-high six runs in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
Detwiler allowed a total of eight earned runs in his first six starts combined (2.10 ERA), but has given up 10 earned runs in 10 innings (9.00 ERA) over his last two outings. Lefties are 3-for-7 with two extra-base hits against him during that span, after he held them to just two hits in 29 at-bats (.069 BA) in his first six starts this season.
Two aces who have had uncharacteristic struggles this season face off in south Florida tonight when Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants visit Josh Johnson and the Miami Marlins.
A two-time Cy Young winner, Lincecum has a career-worst 6.04 ERA and just one quality start this season. He has allowed at least four earned runs in six of nine starts, after doing so just seven times in 33 starts last year.
One major issue appears to be a significant drop in fastball velocity, along with a shrinking difference between the speeds of his heater and changeup. His fastball is averaging just 89.9 mph this season, after averaging 92.2 mph last year, while his changeup velocity has barely moved (83.7 mph in 2011, 83.1 mph in 2012).
Johnson struggled early on, going winless with a 6.69 ERA in his first six starts, but is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA over his last three outings. His fastball has become much more effective, as opponents are hitting .125 against the pitch in his past three games, compared to .391 in his first six starts.