Highest Leverage PA: 2.9, PA #67, DeRosa F8 vs Jansen, Nationals' 9th. 2.9, PA #70 Flores' K vs Jansen, Nationals' 9th Highest Leveraged Win Value: .209, PA #43, LaRoche HR vs Kershaw, Nationals' 6th. QMAX rating: Success Square (3,3) for Detwiler. Bullpen Award: None.Batters' Leveraged Win Values:
LaRoche 0.209 Tracy 0.044 Detwiler 0.027 Bernadina -0.035 Lombardozzi -0.067 Espinosa -0.071 Werth -0.072 Nady -0.074 Desmond -0.118 Flores -0.125 DeRosa -0.172Let's start with a bold, optimistic statement: the Nationals are half of a playoff team. That half is the pitching. Think about this — the club's designated FIFTH STARTER held his own against one of the BEST PITCHERS IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. Ross Detwiler has pitched nothing like a typical fifth starter so far this season, and he has kept his team in the game in almost every outing. Take a moment to give him a pat on the back.
Ryan Mattheus did well, although not enough to earn a Hero's Palm. The reason is down to the batters. I'm not going to dwell on that. I'm sure they are working hard at making adjustments. They got fairly close last night, just fell a bit short. Against a player of the calibre of Clayton Kershaw, that's what can happen. However, against lesser mortals they need to get it done, and then we can all look forward to games in September that are not just meaningful opportunities to play the role of spoiler.