30 Players in 30 Days: John Lannan


 
Lannan NY c.jpgWhen John Lannan took the mound on June 17 against his hometown team, the New York Yankees, he couldn’t help but get excited. It was a ‘please, can somebody pinch me’ moment. He grew up a Yankees fan in Long Island, N.Y., so the game was naturally a memorable moment for him pitching in front of his family, friends and former high school teammates at the new Yankee Stadium. He made it magical. He had the daunting task of keeping the Bronx Bombers’ bats at bay–mission accomplished.
Lannan pitched 8.1 innings of four-hit ball and the Nationals beat the Yankees 3-2. Lannan completed the New York circuit and beat the Mets and Yankees in the same season. The New York native tossed his first career complete game against the Mets on June 6 and less than two weeks later, kept the Yankees lineup in check.

 Those two outings gave us a glimpse at how good Lannan can be and the 2009 season proved that he is a dependable, resilient pitcher that is here to stay. The Nationals pitching staff was anchored by Lannan’s left arm and he didn’t miss a start. He led the team with 33 starts, nine wins, a 3.88 ERA and 206.1 innings, up from 182.0 innings in 2008. Lannan doesn’t try to overpower batters with his fastball. He pitches to contact and is a ground ball specialist. According to StatCorner, 41.6% of plate appearances against Lannan resulted in ground balls, against the league average of 31.8%.

 He didn’t post a win-loss record to boast about, but that’s more indicative of the run support he received and not his pitching ability. Lannan sported the sixth lowest run support average in baseball this year. During the 2009 season, there were 11 games when Lannan pitched at least 6.0 innings and gave up three runs or less but walked away with the no-decision or loss. In those 11 starts, he went 0-3 with a 1.89 ERA (16 ER/ 76.1 IP) with 41 strikeouts and a .215 BAA.

 Look at this interesting comparison:

ALCS MVP CC Sabathia vs. John Lannan

 Number of games started allowing three runs or less:

Sabathia:         23

Lannan:           23

 ERA in those games:

Sabathia:         1.78 ERA (32 ER/ 161.2 IP)

Lannan:           2.24 ERA (39 ER/ 156.2 IP)

 Individual Record in those games:

Sabathia:         18-0

Lannan:           9-5

 Team Record in those games:

Sabathia:         20-3

Lannan:           12-11

 Lannan is the only pitcher that is assured a spot in the Nationals 2010 rotation right now and he will give the Nats a chance to win every fifth day in 2010.

 

John Lannan Final Stats

W

L

ERA

SV/SVO

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

HBP

BB

SO

AVG

WHIP

GO/AO

9

13

3.88

0/1

0

60.1

36

20

18

9

1

32

67

.172

1.13

0.53

1 Comment

John Lannan has definitely become one of my favorite Nationals. Not only has he proven himself to be a good pitcher, but I really appreciate how he’s become a leader of the pitching staff. And he seems to be a pretty good guy off the field too, with his charity work and his efforts to reach out to the Washington area community.

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