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An American hero. Overachieving and yet hard luck lefty sinker ball pitcher for the Washington Nationals. Second in wins since D.C. returned to the majors.

Checking in with the Nats, the day after they lost to John Lannan

I am not surprised the Washington Nationals were beaten by their former teammate, John Lannan. Eight innings of shutout ball on the other hand, was a bit surprising. The Nats have trouble hitting lefties and soft tossers. When Lannan’s sinker is working, he induces lots of ground balls and typically pitches about 5 2/3 innings, giving up 2 or 3 runs. Last night was rather exceptional. Lannan gets a small measure of personal revenge that he was cast aside for Dan Haren (who kept the Nats in a game for a change and Edwin Jackson last year). The biggest downside of Lannan’s dominance was that they couldn’t get to the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen. Once they faced Jonathan Papelbon, they started hitting and got two late runs.

I’ve gotten to know a Philly sports fan in the office. Yesterday morning, he was telling me he kind of hoped the Phillies wouldn’t take this series because the reign is over and he wants the rebuilding to begin in earnest and recent good play is probably going to delay it. That’s an interesting place to be as a fan, but I’ve always been of the mindset that I’d rather win. DC teams have a tendency to not play too well to mess up their draft position anyway, it least of late. I suggested that Lannan could have a good night and took a blind guess that Haren would keep the Nats in it. Also, because stereotypes are sometimes built on truth, Philly Dan (seems a good shorthand for him) did mention Donovan McNabb’s weak stomach in critical situations.

So, the 4 game winning streak ended last night the questions about where the Nats are come up again. They took the Arizona Diamondbacks series, but only split with the Milwaukee Brewers. They were some big outbursts of 8+ runs, but the team pitched to the score resulting in some 11-7 and 8-5 games. That’s just the kind of season the Nats are having. Overall, I think with a healthly lineup, they have started their run, but this Phillies series will be tough to win or even split. I may owe somebody a half-smoke again after the season.

I’m not too worked up about the All-Star game and which Nats are or might be playing in it. Bryce Harper was voted a starter and Jordan Zimmermann goes in as a pitcher. I expect Matt Harvey to start it since the New York Mets are hosting and that’s fine with me. If Zimmermann doesn’t make an appearance, that’s probably for the best. He’s not as dominate as he was earlier in the season and a little rest wouldn’t hurt.

Harper in the Home Run Derby doesn’t excite me. I’ve seen him take batting practice up close — he usually hits line drives about 200 MPH. I don’t want him messing up his swing.

As a programming note, I’m in the “not much to say” period of Nats blogging. This happens after 9 years I guess.

Oh and Nats fan fights on Twitter are dumb.

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Thomas Boswell chat from yesterday – he’s the Bos-iest!

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I was going to have Wilson Ramos’ 5 RBI July 4, but they don’t have it embeddable. MLB Video is arbitrary.

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Taylor Jordan vs. Cole Hamels tonight.

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John Lannan kind of gets revenge, Nats almost comeback, lose to Phillies in 9th

Here’s my idea for the Washington Nationals season — just score 4 or more runs for Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann start. Take your chances when Ross Detwiler and Dan Haren pitch. Three runs might even be enough for Stras, Gio and Znn.

I’m not going to get into haiku (DC Sports Bog, The Post) or caring about what some flyover city’s columnist says.

Philadelphia Phillies starter John Lannan got some measure of revenge in last night’s no decision. He’s better than Haren. Jonathan Papelbon vultured a win by giving up Chad Tracy’s 2 out, 2 strike 9th inning home run. Tracy has produced a little as of late which is nice. Fernando Abad couldn’t get out of the ninth (The Nats Enquirer), giving up Dominic Brown’s game winning single with 2 outs and 2 strikes.

The season series with the Phillies is tied.

Also, pranks aren’t cute (The Nats Enquirer) when you are underachieving and a game under .500.

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Nats can’t take Cleveland series and now face John Lannan for the first time in Philly

My guest prognosticator, Vince Guerrieri was right — his Cleveland Indians did take their series with my Washington Nationals.

That succinctly describes the Nats weekend. Two solid pitching performances by Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg were wasted, while a poor outing by Jordan Zimmerman was redeemed by Nats homers, including Anthony Rendon’s first, a game-winner after a missed-foul ball:

Even when hitting four homers on Saturday, the Nats needed a gimmick to win. They needed that to beat the Rockies on Thursday (two balks to advance the tying run) and the only run on Friday night was on a wild pitch.

Since the Nats have dug themselves in a hole of mediocrity (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2013/06/17/the-nats-and-world-series-winners-through-68-games/), a 1-2 road series is tough to swallow, especially when they had runners on the corners with no outs twice yesterday and the bases loaded with no outs too. They can’t let games like that slip away and still make the playoffs.

The mediocrity isn’t entirely due to bad luck, though roster construction and an under-performing bench plays a big part. Injuries have really hurt this team:

Bryce Harper really needs to put the helium down (Nats Enquirer) and get back in the lineup. That’ll probably solve some problems. Does this suddenly scarce, inert gas help with bursitis?

Tonight begins a big series in Philadelphia. The Phillies are four games under, but will certainly be eager to play the Nats, particularly tonight’s starter, John Lannan, who returns after a lengthy stint on the DL. If his sinker is on, he’s tough get much more than a groundball off of — in other words, the Nats bats will probably have trouble with him. Dan Haren is starting and that could get ugly quickly.

Lannan, who has the second most wins (42) for a DC pitchers since 2005, surely wants this one badly and I expect him to pitch about 5⅔ innings and give up no more than 2 runs with 2 double-plays. I also expect him to get on base twice.

The Nats really need this series to keep pace with the Braves, who lead by 6½ games. The Nats picked up a game over the last 10, but could have picked up a few more with some hitting with runners in scoring position. With about 90 games to go, the Braves can be caught, but it will be at a very slow pace unless the Nats get hot. They can’t wait for the lineup to be healthy to pick up all the ground.

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Dan Haren is no John Lannan – gets crushed again as Marlins even Nats series

Are you missing John Lannan yet? I am. It isn’t too early to hit the panic button the season, not by a long shot, by go ahead and press it for Dan Haren. He was tagged with 6 runs in 5 innings. GM Mike Rizzo’s $13 million free agent hasn’t looked good at all. In a tight division, losing every 5th game is going to cost the Nats dearly.

Meanwhile, up in Philly, Lannan has pitched 13 innings over 2 starts with an ERA under 3. Rizzo is looking pretty dumb a few weeks into the season. Haren is looking washed up.

Ryan Zimmerman has 4 errors that have led to 7 unearned runs this season. He says his shoulder feels fine. All mental? He needs to get that fixed and soon.

To be fair, 2/3 of the outfield had the flu last night. However, that didn’t cost them eight runs.

Washington Nationals fall, 8-2, to Miami MarlinsThe Post

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