Lannan looks for victory against Phillies and Lineups 9/8

Phillies:

Rollins – SS

Victorino – CF

Utley – 2B

Howard – 1B

Werth – RF

Ibanez – LF

Feliz – 3B

Ruiz – C

Martinez – P (RHP, 3-0, 3.52)

 

Nationals:

Harris – CF

Guzman – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Dukes – RF

Orr – 2B

Nieves – C

Lannan – P (LHP, 8-10, 4.09)

 

·         It has been over two years since John Lannan made his MLB debut at Citizens Bank Ballpark on July 26, 2007 and endured a strange plight. (Remember the game: he didn’t get a decision in Washington’s 7-6 come-from-behind victory and worked only 4.1 innings before the drama began. He was ejected by HP umpire Hunter Wendelstedt for hitting Ryan Howard (hit a homer in prior at-bat) and Chase Utley with back-to-back offerings.) Now Lannan looks to pick up his first victory in over a month and first career victory against the Phillies. He is facing the Phillies for the eighth time in his career and fourth time this season. He has faced the Phillies more than any other team but he is still searching for his first win against them despite allowing three or less earned runs in five straight assignments against them.

 

·         This will be Pedro Martinez’s fourth start in the Nation’s Capital. It is by no means a homecoming for him tonight as he faces the Nationals but let’s not forget he played for this franchise from 1994-1997… granted it was in Montreal with the likes of current Nationals First Base Coach Marquis Grissom along with Larry Walker, Moises Alou and Vladimir Guerrero. As an Expo, he went 55-33 with a 3.06 ERA and 843 strikeouts in 118 games.

 

·         The Phillies offense has been raking in the runs when Pedro Martinez pitches. In his five starts, they have scored 32 runs. Martinez is 3-0 and the team is undefeated in his five starts. Pedro is coming off his best start of the year. He went toe-to-toe with Tim Lincecum and pitched 7.0 innings with nine strikeouts, one earned run and five hits.

 

·         The Nationals will need to get after Martinez early. Opponents are hitting .364 (8-22, 3 HR, 6 SO) against him in the 1st inning this season while only hitting .209 (14-67, 1 HR, 3 BB, 17 SO) against him after the 1st inning.

 

·         Every other start for Pedro has been delayed by rain and forced him from the game. A delay tonight would continue the trend… clouds are in the sky but the radar looks clear.

 

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