Santana's return from the disabled list was nothing short of a disaster in his last start - he allowed eight runs in only 1 1/3 innings. In his last four starts, Santana is 0-4 with a 17.36 ERA, having allowed 27 earned runs in only 14 innings over that span. Santana's only start against the Nationals this season came on April 11 when he allowed a run in five innings of a 4-0 loss. In his career, Santana is 6-3 with a 2.91 ERA in ten starts against Washington.
Ross Detwiler (6-5, 3.18 ERA) will start for the Nationals tonight.
Detwiler allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in his last start against the Diamondbacks. However, Detwiler has allowed three earned runs or less in 13 of his 18 starts this season. In three appearances and two starts against the Mets this season, Detwiler is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings - he is 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA in eight appearances and five starts in his career against New York.
Santana was as ineffective as I've ever seen him in his last start. He had good velocity on his fastball, but everything, including his off-speed pitches, were basically down the middle of the plate and he had very little movement on his pitches. That has been the theme for him since he threw his no-hitter 2 1/2 months ago. He says he's healthy - it's just an issue over command at this point. Hopefully he finds that command tonight.