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Game 154: Nats at Phillies

Sep 25, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ross Detwiler faces Cole Hamels in the opener of a big series at Citizens Bank Park.

PHILADELPHIA — Davey Johnson specifically wanted as many left-handers to face the Phillies over the next three nights as possible, so he reconfigured his rotation to ensure he'd have just that. Ross Detwiler starts tonight's opener at Citizens Bank Park, with John Lannan tomorrow and Gio Gonzalez on Thursday.

Whether that strategy pays off in the end remains to be seen, but Johnson certainly has to like the chances of Detwiler turning in a solid performance tonight. He's already 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four starts this month, the last two coming against playoff contenders (the Braves and Dodgers). Also, in two starts against the Phillies the last two seasons, Detwiler is 2-0 having tossed 14 1/3 scoreless innings while surrendering only three hits.

Cole Hamels is on the mound for the Phillies, and he's had plenty of success against the Nationals this year (2-1, 1.17 ERA in three starts) in spite of one particular incident with Bryce Harper back in May.

Updates to come…

Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 188
Weather: Clear, 68 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to CF

RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche


216 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Danny's little hot streak since his cortisone shot ended abruptly with 3 K's.

  2. Secret wasian man - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Go to bed SWIFT

  3. mick - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    I bet Davey will privately have a nice chat with the boys tonight

  4. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    The Nats starting to remindof the Caps and it is pissing me off

  5. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    All these teams are in it to the end. Do you think managers want to get fired? Losing five games in a row at the end of the season can make the difference in being employed or not….

  6. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    I do think the Nats are coasting too much Putting Wang out there to start was ridiculous.

  7. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Szuki 3 hits Harper 2 hits. anyone else interested

  8. mick - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said…The Nats starting to remindof the Caps and it is pissing me offplease, let's not go that far,lol

  9. Secret wasian man - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Help us Ozzie Guillen, your are only hope.

  10. mick - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Chad just went through the motions on that at bat

  11. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    I can't say that I have much faith that the Nats would win a game tied 6-6. I have lost more faith in the bullpen than in any other part of the team. Even tonight, when we needed to keep it at 5-3, the bullpen delivers a shipwreck of an inning that somehow only resulted in one run but which made the difference in needing one guy on base to tie versus two.We do not have a single reliever who has been impressive since the all star break. Not one.

  12. Secret wasian man - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Lannan Tommorrow??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  13. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Yeah, maybe Ozzie will start Mike Dunn tomorrow.

  14. Swift Eagle - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    When healthy, Phillies are a tough match-up for the Nats…Detwiler again nibbled his way into trouble…Hamels wasn't great, but only walked 1 and forced the Nats to hit their way back in it…

  15. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Thank God, Chipper Jones is retiring. I despise guys who retire over and over. Hopefully, he means it this time. I am tired of hearing about this being his last this and that. Who cares?

  16. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Dunn grooved that pitch to Freeman. Anybody could have hit that out.



x-WASHINGTON 92 64 --
ATLANTA 76 81 16.5
NEW YORK 76 81 16.5
MIAMI 75 81 17.0
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Tuesday's games


x-WASHINGTON (2) 92 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 68 3.5
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.5
y-PITTSBURGH 86 71 --
MILWAUKEE 80 77 6.0
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Tuesday's early games

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THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
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