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Phillies Sign Ex-Nat John Lannan


LHP John Lannan

LHP John Lannan

The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with left-handed starter John Lannan.

Lannan is a “low-risk, high-reward” move for Ruben Amaro, who said that was the type of player he was pursuing for his fifth starter. Kyle Kendrick will most likely be the fourth starter in the rotation now.

Lannan, 28, has a 42-52 record and 4.01 ERA in his six Major League seasons, all with the Nationals. Last year, Lannan went 4-1 with a 4.43 ERA in six starts.

Lannan’s history against the Phillies is almost infamous. Lannan is 3-13 against the Phillies with a 5.53 ERA in 19 career starts.

But the stat that really stands out are the 11 times Lannan hit a Phillies batter. The most famous was when he plunked Chase Utley in Lannan’s Major League debut on July 26, 2007, breaking his hand. On the next pitch, Lannan hit Ryan Howard and was immediately ejected.

“I don’t think he was trying to hit me,” Utley said after that game. “It kinda got away from him. He’s a young guy. He hit two guys in a row. I don’t think he was throwing at us.”


Whacky 3rd dooms Lannan, Nats

Phils slugger Ryan Howard is locked in as he crushed a two-run opposite field homer off John Lannan in the 1st. He had four RBIs in the game, increasing his MLB leading total to 95. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

The last time John Lannan faced the Phillies, he finally snapped a 13-game winless spell against Philadelphia with his first winning decision on June 1.

But things were back to normal tonight as Lanna, 1-10 in his career against the Phils, struggled again. Lannan’s night was highlighted by a miserable 3rd inning as the Phils beat Washington, 11-3.

The 3rd started off with Shane Victorino reaching on a throwing error by short stop Ian Desmond. After a Chase Utley single, Ryan Howard drove in Victorino to make it a 3-2 game. Hunter Pence was walked and the bases remained loaded for Raul Ibanez.

Ibanez hit a hard shot to first baseman Michael Morse, who snagged the ball with his backhand and flipping to Lannan for the only possible out at first. Utley scored on the play and the Phils went up 4-2. Lannan intentionally walked Carlos Ruiz to load the bases for Wilson Valdez.

This is where the inning got a little interesting.

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In the Nix of time

Layne Nix makes a game saving catch in the 6th. Screen grab courtesy of @phillyphanmikey

Layne Nix was responsible for Washington’s 2-1 victory Wednesday day.

A go-ahead solo homer in the 3rd and game-saving catch in the 6th sparked the Nationals win, taking the series from the Phillies in a set that favored the Phils heavily.

It also got Nats start John Lannan his first career win against the Phils, snapping a 13-game winless streak in which he went 0-10 with a 6.44 ERA.

Lannan wasn’t spectacular but he got the job done. He allowed an unearned run in only 5 1/3 innings pitched. He was yanked in the 6th, where Nix saved Lannan’s butt a second time in the game.

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Series Preview: at Washington Nationals

PHI: 33-20, 1st in NL East; WAS: 22-30, 5th in NL East

When: May 30-June 1
Where: Nationals Park (Washington D.C.)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.35) vs Livan Hernandez (3-6, 3.71)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.50) vs Jason Marquis (5-2, 4.26)
Wednesday: Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.60) vs John Lannan (2-5, 4.40)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 1:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Phillies sweeping, Washington weeping

After taking the first two games of the series, the Phillies were all lined up to sweep Washington.

This just sums up everything about John Lannan's career against the Phillies. He's 0-10 in 13 career starts with an ERA of 6.44 against the Phillies. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

With John Lannan, who is now 0-10 in 13 career starts against the Phillies, on the hill for Washington facing Roy Halladay, the Phillies best pitcher, anything short of victory would be shocking.

Lannan was chased early again and Halladay cruised through seven innings as the Phillies capped off the sweep with a 7-3 win.

Halladay allowed only two runs on six hits while striking out 10. Lannan wasn’t so good, getting knocked out in the 3rd inning before recording a single out. He allowed six runs, all in the 3rd, on a walk and seven hits.

Raul Ibanez continued his tear. After breaking an 0-for-35 slump, Ibanez is hitting 9-for-13 with four doubles, two home runs and five RBIs. He was 3-for-4 with a double, homer and three RBIs on the night. Read more of this post

Series Preview: vs Washington Nationals

PHI: 18-9, 1st in NL East; WAS: 14-14, 4th in NL East

When: May 3-5
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (3-1, 3.13) vs. Livan Hernandez (3-2, 3.23)
Wednesday: Vance Worley (1-0, 0.00) vs Jason Marquis (3-0, 2.62)
Thursday: Roy Halladay (4-1, 2.14) vs John Lannan (2-3, 3.78)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, 
Wednesday, 7:05
Thursday, 7:05
All Games on 1210 AM

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The Doctor Is Out: Roy Halladay performs surgery on the Nationals, Phils win 3-2

Roy Halladay is (insert adjective here) : Masterful. Dominant. Skillful. Brilliant. Gutsy.

That is what Roy Halladay was tonight. He performed surgery on the Nationals, pitching a complete game in the Phils 3-2 win Wednesday night in Washington.

Halladay was ruthlessly effective, walking only two and striking out nine. He painted the corners extremely well and, as always, lived up to his Cy Young Award-winning reputation, despite home plate umpire, Al Porter’s incredibly small strike zone.

However, things got a bit “dicey” in the bottom of the ninth as those pesky Nats attempted a comeback. Although it was never in doubt for Roy Halladay.

The Nats scored two runs in the ninth, off of Halladay. Doc struck out Matt Stairs on three straight fastballs with runners on 1st and 2nd for the second out. Roy struck out Ivan Rodriguez on a nasty curveball on the outside corner to end the game and the Fightin’ Phillies faithful erupted in cheers. Never in doubt.

The line for Doc was incredible: nine innings of work, two runs allowed on six hits, two walks and nine strike outs. He threw 123 pitches, 88 of them for strikes.

Halladay also mastered ex-Phillie Jayson Werth, striking him out twice.

Halladay improved his record to 2-0. His opponent, John Lannan, on the other hand probably pitched just as well, but ultimately would get saddled with the “L”.

Lannan, the little lefty for Washington, went six innings, gave up three runs, two of which were earned on six hits. Lannan also struck out three and walked three.

Lannan is now 0-9 in his career against the Phillies.

The Phillies offense carved their lead in the 4th and 5th innings. It started with an RBI groundout from Ben Francisco in the 4th. It continued into the 5th when Placido Polanco lined an RBI single to shallow right to make it 2-0 Phils.

Later in the 5th, Lannan plunked Ryan Howard on the hands with the bases loaded, which scored Roy Halladay to make it 3-0.

Howard got X-rays after the game and they came back negative. He said his wrist was a sore and stiff and he was going to ice it back at the hotel, tweeted Todd Zolecki.

2B: Victorino (3).

WP: Roy Halladay (2-0, 1.23 ERA). LP: John Lannan (1-1, 3.38 ERA).


Things we found out tonight:

  • What is it with John Lannan with hitting Phillies batters on the hands?
  • Roy Halladay, ’nuff said.
  • Guessing that bullpen’s phone was on voicemail the whole night. Yes, even in the ninth.
  • Roy Halladay strikes out TRIPLE the amount of hitters as the Washington Nationals walk.

Tomorrow’s match-up: Cliff Lee (1-1, 7.84 ERA) vs. Jordan Zimmerman (1-1, 3.18 ERA)

Series Preview: at Washington Nationals

PHI: 7-2; WSH: 4-5

When: April 12-14
Where: Nationals Park (Washington D.C.)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Joe Blanton (0-0, 14.54) vs. Livan Hernandez (0-1, 4.76)

Wednesday: Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.69) vs. John Lannan (1-0, 3.60)
Thursday: Cliff Lee (1-1, 7.84) vs. Jordan Zimmerman (1-1, 3.18)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN

Wednesday, 7:05, TCN
Thursday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – RF Jayson Werth: It is the series that all Phillies fans have been waiting for. A chance to face off against former Phillie Jayson Werth.

Werth hasn’t been very impressive through his first nine games with the Nationals. The $126 million man is batting .200 with one home run and four runs scored. It would be a safe bet to safe that Werth would like to prove the Phillies wrong for letting him walk in free agency.

With Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup for the foreseeable future, Werth will play an even bigger part for the Nationals. With Adam Dunn off to the White Sox and no Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche is possibly the next offensive option. It’s safe to say that Werth will be expected to live up to his contract in this series.

Overview: The Nationals aren’t a threat to the Phillies’ chances for a fifth straight division crown. The only threat they pose is to the New York Mets staying out of the NL East cellar.

The pitching matchups certainly favor the Phillies. The Nationals’ best pitcher is probably John Lannan which means the Nationals have no aces. The Phillies will have two of theirs going in the series with Halladay and Lee.

The Phillies’ offense is producing at a very high level so far this season. The big surprise has been the success of Ben Francisco at the plate. Francisco is hitting .306 with two home runs and seven RBIs so far in 2011.

Placido Polanco leads the team in hitting with a .342 average and eight RBIs. He knocked in all eight of his runs last week against the Mets. He was clearly their worst nightmare.

With Werth being the only star power that the Nationals have at the moment, this series could be a potential sweep for the Phillies. They will look to show Werth what he will be missing while dwelling near the bottom of the NL East for the next seven seasons.

Phils Clinch With Doc’s Gem

Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay celebrates with catcher Carlos Ruiz after Halladay's strike out sealed the Phils of a fourth straight NL East title Monday night.

The man who was brought to Philadelphia to be the savior and deliver the Phils another World Series ring led the way to clinch the East.

Roy Halladay’s complete game shut out led the Phillies to a 8-0 win over Washington and a fourth straight division title.

Doc went the distance, allowing only two hits and striking out five. It was Halladay’s best start in a while as he turned human for a few-week. But the dominance he showed over the Nationals gave a great indication of the type of year he is having.

The win was Halladay’s ninth complete game of the year and his fourth shut out, leading the league in both categories.

The Phils got the scoring stated in the second. Jayson Werth led off the inning, smoking an offering my John Lannan into the left field bleachers for a 1-0 lead. He later drove in two runs on a two-out RBI double in the sixth that gave the Phils a 3-0 lead.

After adding another run in the sixth, the Phils scored four in the ninth, capped off by an RBI infield single.

Placido Polanco, Werth, and Carlos Ruiz each had three-hit games for the Phils. Werth drove in four runs, falling a triple shy of the cycle, Chooch doubled twice, and Utley drove in a pair of runs.

The Phils can coast for the rest of the season. With Halladay lined up to pitch the last game of the season in Atlanta, it will be interesting to see if he goes. If not, he could be seeing over a week’s worth of rest.

2B: Ibanez (37), Werth (45), Ruiz 2 (27), Utley (20). HR: Werth (26).

WP: Halladay (21-10). LP: Lannan (8-8)


Doc, Polly Impress In Debuts

  Ryan Howard #6, Chase Utley #26, Jimmy Rollins #11, Shane Victorino #8 And Raul Ibanez #29 Of The Philadelphia

Phils celebrate after first win. Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

The anticipation ws mounting all week heading into Opening Day. With the big offseason acquisitions of Roy Halladay and Placido Polanco still fresh in the minds of Philly fans, their performance today in the first game of the 2010 season was nothing short of expected.

Roy Halladay needed only 88 pitches and seven innings of work to officially win over the hearts of the fans. He allowed only a run in seven innings off of six hits, two walks, and nine strike outs. Polanco wasn’t to be out-done in his return to Philly as he went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and six RBI’s.

“I’m OK. I feel good,” Polanco said. “This is a career high for me in RBIs. You can’t beat that. I know how hard the game is. You try to stay humble, because the game can turn around at any time.”

The Phillies fell early in the first inning, 1-0, when Nyjer Morgan led off with an infield single, stole second, and scored on a double by Ryan Zimmerman. After getting a couple hits in the second, Doc settled down to blow through the Nationals line up.

Ryan Howard gave the Phillies the lead with his two-run homer in the fourth after Chase Utley walked. Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez followed with hits, Shane Victorino drove in Werth to make it 3-1, Halladay scored Ibanez on an infield single to make it 4-1 and Jimmy Rollins drove in another to make it 5-1. This inning chased Nationals starter John Lannan.

The Phillies added two more in the sixth and Polanco’s grand slam in the seventh capped the scoring.

Howard was 2-for6 with a pair of RBI’s and Rollins added a couple hits. Howard’s homer was his 223rd of his career and tied him with Greg Luzinski for fifth in the Phillies all-time homer list.

Halladay just saw this as another day to get back to business.

“I felt pretty comfortable early on,” Halladay said. “That just goes back to where your focus is. You try not to get too caught up in the outside things that are going on and where you are and who you’re playing for and try to focus on your game plan. Strangely, I felt very comfortable. I felt very normal.”

Doc was everything the Phillies fans expected him to be and things will only get better as the season picks up steam.



Me and Dan wound up tying on the Opening Day Prop Pool at three apiece.

John: (innings of Doc K, first RP, J-Roll’s first pitch

Dan: (innings of Doc K, first PH, J-Roll’s first pitch