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As the Nationals have gone about developing their farm system, they've amassed an embarrassment of riches at catcher. They're also facing a crossroads with some of that depth.
The day that Brad Peacock became a pitcher was almost by mistake. It was by chance — on a day that his high school team had a pitching coach visiting, Peacock asked his coach if he could give it a try.
There were plenty of futile images from which John Lannan could choose to spend most of Saturday night reliving. A night that was supposed to be Lannan's first chance to become the fifth pitcher in Nationals history with a 10-win season devolved so quickly and in such an ugly fashion, the options of moments to forget were abundant.
Tom Milone began his major league career at 7:07 p.m. with an 88 mph fastball for a strike low and outside to Mets shortstop Jose Reyes. And for the first three innings, Milone would spin a fairy tale out of an ordinary Saturday night at Nationals Park.
If you wanted a list of all the players the Washington Nationals left on base Thursday night, you'd have been better off simply writing out the lineup. Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa and Jesus Flores all knew what it was like to be stranded.
For much of his professional career, Ross Detwiler has done everything the Washington Nationals have asked of him. The former first-round draft pick has fought through injury, made adjustments to his delivery and dealt with being shuffled back and forth from the minors to the majors at critical points in his development. He's shown that he can get big league hitters out and that he can repeat the delivery that he worked to perfect after hip surgery.
Chien-Ming Wang showed flashes of his former domination Wednesday during his second start since returning from the disabled list. But a throwing error by the Nationals starter caused the game to unravel into a 6-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves despite the effectiveness of his signature sinker.
Chad Billingsley was falling apart. Ripe for the taking. One fat pitch away from allowing the Washington Nationals to blow open the series' rubber match and all with no outs in the first inning Sunday at Dod-ger Stadium.