There was really only one worry coming into Spring Training this year, and it was a good one. In a staff full of aces, who would be the fifth starter in the rotation? Would it be Detwiler, Jordan or Roark? Detwiler was demoted to the bullpen, but the question was never really answered, as Fister was injured in the final week of Spring Training, putting Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark in the rotation.
But looking at the statistics and just the general output this year, the Nats need to change one or two things. And with Fister’s rehab taking even longer than expected, it may be time to make this move. No longer keep the two sophomores in the four and five spot. Instead, put the most dominant candidate for the fifth spot so far in the rotation, Ross Detwiler.
Detwiler has been not only persistent and strong, but also quick, not panic inducing and has not given up an earned run.
If you see the statistics, the clear winner is obvious.
- Tanner Roark: 17 IP, 5.29 ERA, 10 ER
- Taylor Jordan: 16.2 IP, 5.94 ERA, 11 ER
- Ross Detwiler: 10.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 4 R
The case is obvious here. If Williams gives Detwiler time to build up arm strength, he could be starting quite quickly.
The only question left is if his stuff will regress since starters turned relievers sometimes put more power into their arm. However, with the stats, I think it’s a bet Matt Williams is very willing to make. When Detwiler was demoted to the bullpen, he said that “It doesn’t mean he won’t start sometime in the future”