— On Tuesday night, under a starless sky at Citi Field,
With five overpowering innings in a 6-2 Nationals victory, Detwiler handed the
Detwiler spotted his low-90s fastball in every corner of the strike zone and bewildered Mets hitters with his vicious slider.
Because Detwiler worked as a reliever this spring and had not been stretched out, he lasted only 71 pitches over five innings.
But during his time on the mound, he devastated the Mets. The first two batters he faced knocked hits off him, a double by
The Nationals retooled their starting pitching this winter, adding two high-priced acquisitions in
"He's competing and he's confident," Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty said, sitting in the dugout before the game.
Detwiler received offensive support from the first batter.
He performed that feat — at least three hits and multiple RBIs in the same game — twice in all of 2012.
But even if he pitched just five innings, the night belonged to Detwiler.
" McCatty said. "'If you're happy with what you're doing, do what you want to do. But to me, this is something that you have got to do.' And he went home and did it. I thought that was pretty cool."
" Detwiler said. "Am I going to go somewhere else? Am I going to go to the 'pen? What's going to happen? I was talking with my agent. He just said, 'You have no leverage. Just take it for whatever is going to happen. There's no reason to fight it. You can't do anything about it. Just go with it.'"