Since returning from the minor leagues, Washington Nationals John Lannan has looked like the pitcher he had been in previous years. He has a 3.09 ERA, allowing 2 runs in each of his four starts. The Nats have gone 3-1 since he’s been back. He has gotten his command back, crucial since his fast ball isn’t blowing past anybody. Lannan returning to form will stabilize a rotation that has been underwhelming outside of Stephen Strasburg and Livan Hernandez.
The Post recap of yesterday’s game focuses on the Nats debut of catcher Wilson Ramos. So far, the reviews are good — Ramos is a “big target” for the pitchers and showed good plate discipline. His first two at bats each went for 9 pitches, though his next two only combined for seven. He also saved Lannan from a wild pitch by catching a ball thrown behind a batter and nearly doubled-up a baserunner. Is he the new catcher of the future?
Lannan was pulled after getting into trouble in the 6th inning. Joel Peralta came in and was able to get two outs on one pitch when Alex Gonzales popped up to foul ground near 1st base and Michael Morse threw out Matt Diaz, who was in a hit and run, at second. Diaz didn’t try to go back to second, a gift for the visitors.
Morse homered to start the scoring and Nyjer Morgan scored two runs. Willie Harris also homered in the ninth to put the game away in the 9th.
Tonight, the Nats head to Philadelphia for 3 games with the Phillies. The Nats are 4-5 againist the Fleas, so a series win would be very helpful to my aspirations of claiming a cheesesteak in my annual wager.