Saturday, December 20, 2014

Game 11: Another crack at Lannan

WASHINGTON -- In his four-year career, John Lannan has pitched against the Phillies 11 times. Eight of those times he has lost; the Nationals have lost 10 of the games, winning only the first one with a rally against Jose Mesa and Mike Zagurski in 2007. Once has Lannan pitched into the seventh inning.

Game 11: Another crack at Lannan

John Lannan has never beat the Phillies in 11 career starts. (J Pat Carter/AP)
John Lannan has never beat the Phillies in 11 career starts. (J Pat Carter/AP)

WASHINGTON -- In his four-year career, John Lannan has pitched against the Phillies 11 times. Eight of those times he has lost; the Nationals have lost 10 of the games, winning only the first one with a rally against Jose Mesa and Mike Zagurski in 2007. Once has Lannan pitched into the seventh inning.

The Phillies have had their way with Lannan. In fact, tonight is a rematch of Opening Day 2010, when Roy Halladay faced Lannan and the Phillies won, 11-1.

In 57 2/3 innings against the Phillies, Lannan has a 6.09 ERA. But two of the players who owned him in the past won't be in the Phillies lineup tonight.

Chase Utley is 11 for 25 liftetime against Lannan with two home runs, but he's injured. Jayson Werth, now a teammate of Lannan, was 8 for 24 against him with half of those hits being home runs and two being doubles.

Only a few current Phillies have hit him hard. Raul Ibanez is 10 for 15 with two home runs against Lannan. Placido Polanco is 7 for 9. Shane Victorino is 8 for 27. But Ryan Howard is 5 for 27 with 11 strikeouts.

Lannan has a high ground ball rate and these Phillies have been hitting more balls on the ground. Lannan's 66.5 career groundball percentage is sixth highest in the majors since 2007, according to STATS Inc.

Could this team be a better matchup for the lefty now?

The lineup is the same as Tuesday:

1. Shane Victorino 8
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Jimmy Rollins 6
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Ben Francisco 9
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Wilson Valdez 4
9. Roy Halladay 1


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