Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, June 28, 2014

BP Unfiltered: Ross Detwiler and the All-Fastball All-Stars

In his game-extending appearance, the lefty struck out two and walked one (intentionally), which was pretty darn Detwiler, though he did get six grounders without allowing a ball in the air and threw 32 strikes in 42 pitches (apart from the free pass). What really stood out about the outing, aside from the zeroes, was Detwiler’s pitch selection, which varied less than the song selection at a Kanye West/Jay Z “Watch the Thrones” show.

“I don’t remember an off-speed pitch,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “His fastballs, some were cutting, some were sinking. You didn’t know which way it was going.”

Roenicke was right: Detwiler threw exclusively four-seamers and sinkers. His willingness to eschew off-speed stuff earned him a notice at Deadspin, which dubbed him an “undeniable badass” and asserted that he’d “staked a strong claim to the title of He Who Gives Less [sic] Sh!ts Than Anyone.”

bobm Posted: June 28, 2014 at 11:06 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: fastballs, nationals

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. boteman Posted: June 28, 2014 at 11:23 PM (#4738622)
Detwiler just contributed another 3 scoreless innings of work against the Cubbies to nail down the sweep of the rare Saturday double-header.

Detwiler has likely suffered from Matt Williams' often questionable use of the bullpen. He sat idle for long stretches only to get lit up when he was finally brought into high leverage situations; he was rusty. This probably led to Matty using him even less. Then he'd bring him into a game in a mop-up role when the Nats were trailing by a bunch of runs or else bring him in to face one or two batters when the Nats had a thin bullpen and could've used a longer outing. Just puzzling bullpen mismanagement.

The Nats did try out Detwiler as a starter when he first came up and considered it briefly this season for a couple spot starts, but he's an effective lefty out of the pen who can give you a few good innings so that's where he stays.

Still, I have to wonder how Detwiler can be effective against a lineup of dead-red hitters if he's feeding them a steady diet of fastballs, and I recall him getting lit up in just that manner earlier this season.
   2. PreservedFish Posted: June 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM (#4738624)
What really stood out about the outing, aside from the zeroes, was Detwiler’s pitch selection, which varied less than the song selection at a Kanye West/Jay Z “Watch the Thrones” show.


Huh?

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
greenback calls it soccer
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - October 2014
(370 - 8:02am, Oct 24)
Last: Merton Muffley

NewsblogOT: Politics, October 2014: Sunshine, Baseball, and Etch A Sketch: How Politicians Use Analogies
(3408 - 7:54am, Oct 24)
Last: The Id of SugarBear Blanks

NewsblogOT: NBC.news: Valve isn’t making one gaming console, but multiple ‘Steam machines’
(868 - 7:52am, Oct 24)
Last: TFTIO is familiar with the works of Pablo Neruda

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2014
(14 - 7:43am, Oct 24)
Last: Rennie's Tenet

NewsblogDid Adam Dunn Ruin Baseball? – The Hardball Times
(1 - 7:07am, Oct 24)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogAJC: Hart says ‘yes’ to Braves, will head baseball operations
(16 - 6:46am, Oct 24)
Last: Flynn

NewsblogWhat's Buster Posey's best trait as a catcher? Here's what his pitchers had to say - Giants Extra
(5 - 5:47am, Oct 24)
Last: Morty Causa

NewsblogGleeman: Royals may bench Norichika Aoki for Game 3
(21 - 3:00am, Oct 24)
Last: PreservedFish

Newsblog9 reasons Hunter Pence is the most interesting man in the World (Series) | For The Win
(8 - 2:52am, Oct 24)
Last: mex4173

NewsblogKey question GMs have to weigh with top World Series free agents | New York Post
(28 - 12:50am, Oct 24)
Last: Dale Sams

NewsblogDealing or dueling – what’s a manager to do? | MGL on Baseball
(44 - 11:31pm, Oct 23)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogRoyals are not the future of baseball | FOX Sports
(39 - 11:25pm, Oct 23)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogOT: NFL/NHL thread
(8370 - 11:22pm, Oct 23)
Last: Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee

NewsblogI hope this doesn't get me fired. | FOX Sports
(23 - 11:17pm, Oct 23)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogGold Glove Awards finalists revealed | MLB.com
(53 - 11:07pm, Oct 23)
Last: cardsfanboy

Page rendered in 0.1998 seconds
52 querie(s) executed