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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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The Worst NatsTM fan and puppy hater is tumblin‘ a little bit. Good to have you back Chris.

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

VIDEOS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD

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

D’oh! Didn’t get this up for Federal Baseball’s Wire Taps.

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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Nats: A look back at John Lannan

John Lannan was non-tendered last week, ending his Washington Nationals career. Unheralded coming out of Sienna College, Lannan needed about 2 years to go from an 11th round draft pick to a starting pitcher. His Nats debut proved to be one of the more memorable during those early years. Pitching in Philadelphia, Lannan hit too consecutive batters Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Hunter Wendlestat threw Lannan out prompting then color commentator Don Sutton to go off on a rant:

20070726 – Lannan Ejection – WAS broadcast from Rocket 1124 on Vimeo.

I don’t remember how it started, but the meme John Lannan – American hero was born. Following the Nats in those days wasn’t easy and making a folk hero helped fans cope. Lannan went 2-2 in the 2007 season. He also held Barry Bonds, then sitting on 755 career home runs, hitless in four at-bats in a no-decision.

In 2008, Lannan made 31 starts and went 9-15 on a 100+ loss team. His ERA was 3.91 though. Lannan would start on Opening Day in 2009 and 2010. He pitched “out of position” and held his own for a while before being demoted in 2010. After returning from a stint in Harrisburg, Lannan was a better pitcher and finished that season strong. In 2011, no longer needed to be the #1, Lannan set his career high for wins with 10 against 13 losses and an ERA of 3.70. Lannan, a pitch-to-contact pitcher continued to induce double plays and even increased his velocity. He also hit a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium.

Lannan looked to be the #5 in the rotation for a the 2012 Nats, but simply got beat out in Spring Training by Ross Detwiler. Unhappy at the time and understandably so, Lannan asked to be traded, but was denied. He struggled in AAA Syracuse for a good portion of the season, seemingly validating the decision. However, Lannan came up big during his brief call-ups though, coming through with two big wins before being sent down immediately after each time. In September, he took Stephen Strasburg’s spot in the rotation and finished up the season 4-1. Though he was off the playoff roster, Lannan finally got to be part of a winning team.

The decision to let Lannan go is smart one — he made $5 million last year to ride buses for 5 months and it would be bad faith for the Nats to make him do that again. In a more perfect and sentimental world he would have been pitching for the Nats the year they won the pennant, but that isn’t the way it worked out. He won’t get $5 million a season wherever he winds up next, but he should get a multi-year contract. Lanan was a bridge between the brutal seasons and respectability and for that Nats.

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Lannanmas! John Lannan wins third consecutive start, Nats sweep Mets

Music please. Thank you.

BEAT THE METS,
BEAT THE METS,
Step right up and SWEEP the Mets!
Bring your kiddies,
bring your wife;
Guaranteed to have the time of your life
because the NATS are really sockin’ the ball; knocking those home runs over the wall!
East side,
West side,
everybody’s coming down
to meet the N-A-T-S Nats of WASHING-TON

Last night American hero and Long Island native John Lannan won his third consecutive start to open his MLB season (a team record) and helped the Washington Nationals shutout and sweep the New York Mets in Queens.

I find myself nodding in agreement with Burnett there. Lannan was expected to be the #5 starter, but found himself as a $5 million AAA pitcher instead. He’s made the most of his MLB time this season though, winning his first 3 starts. His outing last night was typical, lots of groundball outs, some trouble, but overall solid.

Lannan leads Nats to sweep in New YorkCSN Washington
Nationals vs. Mets: John Lannan replaces Stephen Strasburg and gets the victoryThe Post
Lannan does his thing in Nationals’ 2-0 win over MetsThe Wash. Times

The bullpen held on and solo home runs by Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond were all the scoring the Nats managed. Mets rookie Matt Harvey dominiated the Nats, striking them out 10 times in five innings. The Nats still found a way to win.

THE OTHER GUY

Stephen Strasburg shutdown begins as Nationals pitcher sits and watchesThe Post

2013 SCHEDULE

Initial 2013 Washington Nationals schedule released

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Nats: After years of losing, Charlie Slowes and John Lannan get to experience some winning

On Sunday when the Washington Nationals clinched D.C.’s first winning baseball season since the 1969 Senators, I tweeted that I was happy for Charlie Slowes, play-by-play man for the team since 2005:

I think only tweeting to Joe Theismann got me more retweets. Slowes is just that popular amongst Nats fans.

Slowes participated in a Q&A with MLB.com about how much fun he is having with a winning team. It comes through in the broadcasts, though even when the Nats were losing 100 games annually, Slowes and his partner Dave Jageler did a great job and kept it fun.

Returning to the Nats this last week is another franchise stalwart, John Lannan. The left-handed starter spent most of this season at Syracuse after the Nats rotation became too crowded this spring. While he initially fumed, Lannan seems to have made peace with what happened and really improved as the season went on. His two spot starts for the Nats resulted in two big wins, especially game 2 of a day-night doubleheader against Atlanta Braves after the Nats blew a huge lead the night before. He will get a few starts this month after Stephen Strasburg is shutdown, but probably miss out on any significant playoff time. This past weekend, The Post had a long profile of Lannan that is well worth reading. The sentimentalist in me is happy to see him back and wishes him well. It is a tough break being left out after all of those years of having to face other teams starters for bad teams; Lannan did and held his own. Of course, the $5 million or so he is making this year surely offsets it a bit. He won’t get that when he signs elsewhere next year, but at least he’ll get to pitch in the majors every fifth day. I think Lannan is the second-winningest Nats pitcher since 2005 and I hope he gets to leave on high note.

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Nats lose Orioles series and move on to Colorado

The Washington Nationals losing a series is always disappointing, but double so when it is to the corrupt Baltimore Orioles for oft stated reasons like “evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.” The Baltimore fanboys in D.C. sports media are surely thrilled. Still, the Nats had a strong stretch through the seemingly most difficult part of the schedule (CSN Washington) and a solid 10-8 record in interleague play. They have a

Pitching continues to be a strong spot, perhaps historically strong (THOMAS BOSWELL, The Post), but a lot of that is coming from the #1 and #2 starters Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. Strasburg shuts down in September, so that’s a problem. Jordan Zimmermann continues to not get run support and I think that is taking its toll. Maybe we’re just spoiled as Nats fans which seems odd because we suffered through a lot of bad starting pitching for years. Hey, John Lannan may be back for some doubleheaders too (The Nats Blog)!

Ryan Zimmerman got a cortisone shot because he’s got bone on bone in his shoulder
(Federal Baseball). Ouch. I’d have sent him to the DL, the long-term risk of injury/aging of the shoulder should be the guide here. He hasn’t been hitting at all, so putting somebody else in there isn’t going to hurt and may help in the short term. I understand why he’s still out there though and don’t envy having to make that decision.

The Nats get the top of the rotation for the Colorado Rockies series in Denver. That will be interesting, seeing how they pitch in the thin air, but perhaps more importantly, how do they hit. Will they try too hard?

The next three games are unusual 8:40 p.m. starts followed by a 3:10 p.m. start on Thursday. Then, they go from the highest elevation in the majors to the second highest elevation for a weekend series with the Atlanta Braves.

Boswell chatted for 2 hours (25 responses) today.

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Is the Nats apparent rise an accident? Who cares!

THOMAS BOSWELL: Nationals have built a foundation based on smart decisions — and good luckThe Post
How the Washington Nationals got to be on the brink of contention (on paper) after many years of being bad, according to their biggest fanboy columnist…

In three years, the Nats have seen stunned by the sudden resignations of their general manager, team president and manager. All three times, the Nats ended up stronger, but in ways that were totally unplanned and unexpected…

In three straight amateur drafts, they had stunning good fortune. When they tried to be lousy to get the No. 1 overall pick (’07), they were half-decent. When they wanted to improve (’08 and ’09), they were awful. The net result: They accidentally avoided players who might’ve been busts and instead ended up with Drew Storen, Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.

Yay luck. Maybe — let’s see if they win first.

What to do about John Lannan (CSN Washington)? Poor guy had to pitch out of position in the rotation and kept his head above water and his ERA below 4 for the most part. It is a shame he’ll probably be sent somewhere to do more of the same for a bad team. I’m not ready to give up on him yet — I’m not sold on everybody staying healthy in the rotation (especially Chein Ming Wang) and Strasburg has an innings limit. GM Mike Rizzo says they are not shopping him.

Too much pitching is a great problem to have, but has a way of being short-lived.

Danny Espinosa thinks he was thinking too much and working too hard as a rookie last season. Great first half, terrible second half.

Closer Drew Storen likes Batman, does Bikram Yoga and drives a fast black car SB Nation.

@ouij put it well MT This is just not fair. When little kids dream, it looks like @DrewStoren’s life

Beltway Baseball featuring beat writers Mark Zuckerman (from Bethesda and not Viera?) and Amanda Comak from Viera:

Oh look, Bryce Harper is profiled in GQ with a baseball in his mouth! That picture won’t be regretted EVER. Still, a pretty flattering article.

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Nats: Ramos rescue, Phillies resistance, #1 farm system, E. Jackson signed, what of Lannan?

Lots of Washington Nationals news and comment as we slowly move closer to pitchers and catchers reporting. I wore a Nats cap today to work for the first time in a long while.

First off, Wilson Ramos kidnapping in Venezuela is detailed in this week’s Sports Illustrated.

Breaking this morning was the Nats plan to have a DC/VA/MD only presale for the first Phillies series. Too little too late, but at least they are trying, I guess. I doubt I’ll even make it to a game in that series.

The Nats farm system was rated #1 by Baseball America, a complete reversal in 5 years. Nats Enquirer puts it in the best perspective, but that’s not unusual. One thing though, if it is the best farm system, why hasn’t it produced a leadoff hitter or a centerfielder?

That #1 ranking was before the trade for Gio Gonzalez that sent three pitchers — A.J. Cole, Tom Milone and Brad Peacock along with catcher Derek Norris to the Oakland Athletics. No worries though, you build up a farm system for inventory as well. Yay for The Plan. Or Phase II. Good job by Mike Rizzo in getting to this point, it certainly is his strong suit. It helps that he had Jim Bowden precede him as general manager to build all the awful teams that meant high draft picks.

One of the few early alumni of the Nats minor leagues, John Lannan just lost arbitration and will have to settle for $5 million instead of $5.7 million. Had Edwin Jackson not been signed, he’d have been the highest paid starter in the D.C. rotation. Lannan is almost certainly on the trade block though. I’ll admit to being sentimental about Lannan, he was pitching out of position in the #1 spot for so many years when the Nats were dreadful and holding his own (except against the Philadelphia Phillies). Lannan has also increased velocity over the years and finally broke the 10 win barrier in 2011. He has the second most wins on the Nats staff since 2005.

Back to Jackson, he’s a good pick up with a one-year deal. Plus, Rizzo has had a thing for him, like Jim Bowden did with Wily Mo Pena. Rizzo’s infatuation is much more defensible. Jackson is looking for a big season to hit free agency with next year in full force and the Nats get another pitcher who strikes people out. This is interesting:

Over the past three seasons, the league has hit for a .283 batting average, .344 on-base percentage and .438 slugging percentage with no runners on base against Jackson, when he is pitching with a windup. The league has hit .246/.308/.385 with men on, when he’s pitching from the stretch.

They are going to work on that.

The pitcher with the most Washington wins in the 21st century has moved on. ¡LIVAN! singed a minor league deal with the Houston Astros. I got over my sentimentality for him sometime between his last appearance and the end of the season because at the end of the day, you can’t rely on charitable umpires forever. Good memories though, I like what Natsradamus had to say.

When are we going to get a nice printable schedule for our office cubes? The Yankees already have theirs out.

I’m thinking about keeping score this season. I know Bob Carpenter isn’t everybody’s favorite, but how is his scorebook?

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