Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 3/5/13
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The Philadelphia Phillies newly acquired left handed pitcher John Lannan had his second impressive start yesterday in Bradenton against the Pirates. Lannan was signed by the Phillies in December to be the team’s number 5 starter. There is reason to believe that he will thrive in that role and could be better than expected. Since Rich Dubee became the Phillies pitching coach, he has had a knack of improving left handed pitchers, especially those with control issues. Dubee took J.C. Romero and Scott Eyre from waivers and coached them into becoming key contributors to a team that won the World Series and National League pennant. The key to Romero and Eyre improving was their ability to throw more strikes and walk less hitters. Lannan has had similar struggles throughout his young career. Lannan has averaged 3.4 walks per nine innings pitched in his six year career. If Dubee can do nothing but improve his BB/9 ratio, Lannan will be able to go deeper into games and stabilize the bottom o...
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