Aug 11, 2011, 4:55 AM EDT
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Ross Detwiler allowed three runs over five innings in the Nats’ 4-2 loss.
CHICAGO — Ross Detwiler has started 22 big-league games over the last three seasons. It’s not nearly a large enough sample size to make a definitive call on the left-hander’s ability to pitch at this level. Yet it’s also not an insignificant number of outings in which to draw some conclusions about the 25-year-old.
Facts are facts, and after suffering a 4-2 loss to the Cubs Wednesday night, Detwiler now sports a career 3-11 record and 5.03 ERA in those 22 starts.
Has he been the victim of poor run support, as was the case Wednesday when his teammates managed one earned run off retread Chicago starter Rodrigo Lopez? Sure.
Has he also been bounced back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen, the major leagues and Class AAA, making it difficult to develop a routine and comfort level with his situation? Yes.
Because of all that, the Nationals remain enticed by what Detwiler
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