This past Wednesday, Athletics lefty Ross Detwiler made his first start since May 14 of last year. It was a terrific start. He threw 108 pitches, yielding six hits with no walks and two strikeouts over eight shutout innings against the Orioles. He got his first win as a starter since May 10, 2013, when he was still with the Nationals.
Detwiler spent the 2014 season pitching out of the Nationals’ bullpen, putting up an even 4.00 ERA in 63 innings. Importantly, he held left-handed hitters at bay, limiting them to a .516 OPS that season compared to the .848 OPS of right-handed hitters. In 2015, he made seven mostly unsuccessful starts for the Rangers before they moved him to the bullpen and eventually released him in mid-July. Detwiler signed with the Braves shortly thereafter but didn’t find any more success.
Needless to say, Detwiler’s performance his last time out came as a surprise. He’s never been one to miss bats and he was up against one of the league’s top offenses. The Orioles, in fact, have hit the most home runs of any team in baseball with 176. Holding the Orioles scoreless while striking out only two batters is quite an achievement.
Detwiler heads back to the mound on Monday evening, opposing the Rangers’ Martin Perez in Arlington. That game starts at 8:05 PM EDT.
The rest of Monday’s action…
Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy) @ Detroit Tigers (Daniel Norris), 7:10 PM EDT
San Diego Padres (Luis Perdomo) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Drew Smyly), 7:10 PM EDT