Countdown to Opening Day: 10 till ’10

There are four weeks (five Mondays) until Opening Day on April 5 at Nationals Park. Spring Training games are in full swing and while the Nats are still looking for their first win, Ian Desmond is playing himself into a roster spot. In four games, he is batting .545 (6-for-11) with one home run and seven RBI. We are counting down the final few weeks of the offseason highlighting 10 memorable moments, jaw-dropping catches and walk-off wins. You have seen them before but you’ll want to see them again.


Last week we highlighted Adam Dunn hitting his 300th career home run.


This week we highlight John Lannan’s complete game shutout against the Mets on July, 21. The native New Yorker loves pitching against his hometown teams and he seems to save his best for the Mets. He has two career complete games, both coming against the Mets last season. He pitched against the Mets five times in ’09 and went 2-2 with a 2.43 ERA (10 ER/ 37.0 IP) and a .220 BAA. The numbers get even better if you exclude his first start. In his last four starts against the Mets, he went 2-1 with a 1.41 ERA (5 ER/ 32.0 IP) and a 1.85 BAA. Click here to view highlights from the July 21 game on NatsHD or here…
20090721 Lannan CG SO_hi.mpg …to view Lannan being locked in.


Don’t miss Strasburg pitch tomorrow: You will be able to watch Stephen Strasburg make his first Spring Training start tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. MASN HD–the television home of the Washington Nationals–will televise Tuesday’s Nationals-Tigers contest. Bob Carpenter, Rob Dibble and Debbi Taylor will call all the action live on MASN HD from Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. This is the first of five Nationals Spring Training contests to be televised on MASN HD.

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