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A couple of years ago, Sports Illustrated ran a preseason story hyping the Seattle Mariners on the strength of the defensive metric, Ultimate Zone Rating. I remember reading the article and wondering if I was behind the times, especially since I’d never heard of UZR (and truth be told, I still don’t really understand fielding stats.) The piece seemed a little odd since the Mariners didn’t look to have much offense or many big names, but I gave SI the benefit the doubt because, well, it’s SI. From there, the Mariners proceeded to go 61-101 and score 513 runs, the kind of numbers Gold Glove fielders and Cy Young hurlers curse silently. Heck, even the Hitless Wonder 1906 Chicago White Sox scored 570 runs.
This year’s version of the 2010 Mariners might be the Washington Nationals. All winter, I’ve heard writers saying this will be the year the Nationals break through. They point to Washington’s young talent, to splashy pickups like Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson. They say that Jayson ...
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There's poor John Lannan being introduced to the crowd at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse before the AAA Chiefs home opener (in 1978 Chiefs throwback jersey) this afternoon, right around the same time his former teammates were being introduced at Wrigley. You can only wonder what was running through Lannan's head as he hopped up the dugout steps to take his place along...
The Washington Nationals have demoted starting pitcher John Lannan, and not just to their bullpen.
Lannan, who started Opening Day for the Nationals in 2009 and 2010, has been sent down to the minor leagues. With this move to option Lannan down, the Nationals have announced that Ross Detwiler will take his spot in the starting rotation, at least to begin the 2012 MLB...
In absolutely stunning news, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post is reporting that John Lannan will be optioned to Triple-A Syracuse in favor of Ross Detwiler. It was widely assumed that Lannan had a lock on the No. 5 spot after Chien-Ming Wang got hurt this spring, but apparently the organization had other plans. The Nats Blog's Patrick Hilley wrote about this just yesterday...
Former Washington Nationals Opening Day starter John Lannan had made headlines in the DC sports world lately, and today is no exception. John Lannan has requested a trade from GM Mike Rizzo, according to several baseball sources. This comes just hours after Lannan was demoted to Triple-A Syracuse to start the season in favor of former first-round pick Ross Detwiler.
Yesterday, we talked about the Washington Nationals impressive pitching staff. Today, we must tackle a subject that is far less sure and secure: the team’s offense. An already below average offense last year, the Nats will be missing several key players on Opening Day due to injury: Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel. Without them, let’s explore the position players actually...
The Washington Nationals are headed to Chicago on Thursday to start what could be a promising 2012 season. However, some key injuries may leave the team a bit more crippled than fans would hope, causing an already concerning offense to be a little bit worse. The overall positive on this year’s Nats team is the pitching staff, so we’ll start there with Part 1.
Washington Nationals starter John Lannan walks into the dugout after getting pulled against the Chicago White Sox in the fifth inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington, June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
...or at least he was Davey Johnson's guy a little over a week ago when he was named #5 starter....
John Lannan's salary is $5 million, and he started on opening day for the Washington Nationals in 2009 and 2010. This season, the left-hander will be at Triple-A Syracuse for Game 1.
In a completely unexpected move, the Nationals optioned Lannan to the minors and shifted lefty Ross Detwiler from the bullpen to the starting rotation. The decision was announced after Washington...
Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 and stole a base in his Triple A debut for the Syracuse Chiefs on Thursday.
In his first at-bat, Harper, the top pick by the Washington Nationals in the 2010 draft, lined a double down the right-field line on a 2-2 pitch, easily beating the throw with a head-first slide into second. He advanced to third on a long fly out to right center but was stranded...
After Stephen Strasburg dominated for seven innings, Ian Desmond singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth Thursday to give the Washington Nationals a season-opening 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Strasburg, starting his first opener, allowed one run and five hits, struck out five and walked one. He reached 98 mph when he struck out Starlin Castro in the sixth.
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Stephen Strasburg dominated in his first opening-day start, yet wasn't able to come away with a win.
After Strasburg frustrated the Cubs for seven innings, Ian Desmond singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth Thursday to give the Washington Nationals a season-opening 2-1 win over Chicago.
Strasburg allowed one run and five hits, including an RBI single to Marlon Byrd in the...
First there were Harperstown t-shirts. Then there were Harpersburg t-shirts.
Now, just in time for John Lannan's Bryce Harper's arrival in Syracuse: there are Harpercuse t-shirts. It was only a matter of time.
(Image above via @jwilhidejr, Sportstardesigns.com)
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