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The logic on Lannan

So John Lannan will take the mound tonight, and as it turns out, it will be his second-to-last start in the majors this year.

I talked a while back about how the Nationals are going to monitor the innings pitched by the young guys in their rotation, and I used Lannan as an example as someone who might be shut down early. The idea was for guys to pitch maybe 10-15 percent more innings than they did the year before.

Lannan threw 145 innings between college ball at Siena and Class A Vermont in 2005. Last season, which he spent at low-Class A Savannah (which has since been replaced by Hagerstown in the Nationals' chain), he threw 138 innings in 27 appearances, 25 of them starts.

Now, in this amazing ascent this year that began at high-Class A Potomac, he threw 50-2/3 innings for the P-Nats, 36 innings at Class AA Harrisburg, 36 more at Class AAA Columbus, and he enters tonight's appearance with 29-2/3 innings for the Nationals. That's 152-1/3 innings for the year. Give him two more starts of six innings apiece, and he's at 164-1/3, and that's about as much of a bump as they want to make with him.

Matt Chico, who pitched six scoreless innings for Columbus last night (though he walked four guys), will be back and in position to replace Lannan in the rotation, as will Jason Bergmann, who is due to pitch tonight for Columbus.

Manny Acta said that Lannan will continue to be with the team and will be asked to watch and learn. It's possible he could be used in a game if they need him, but they're going to try to stick to this plan.

No other real news. Here's the Astros lineup:

Biggio -- 4
Pence -- 8
Berkman -- 3
Lee -- 7
Wiggingon -- 5
Loretta -- 6
Burke -- 9
Munson -- 2
Gutierrez -- 1

Enjoy the game.

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 23, 2007; 6:39 PM ET
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I guess Chico's learning what they want him to learn. Good for him.

Posted by: Juan-John | August 23, 2007 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Why would you exchange Lannan for Chico? Chico is the one who shouldn't be starting anymore this season.

Posted by: Paul | August 23, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Good move, no need to burn his arm out. Great to see that Chico is still doing well, and hopefully to things in a positive way. Let's get this win tonight!

Posted by: G-town | August 23, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Here's a new one! Nats to face a pitcher making his first ML start tonight! If I heard right, only 8 innings in AAA for Gutierrez.

C'mon Nats, let's jump on him. Stay patient and get one you can hit hard!

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 23, 2007 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The line on Gutierrez in his major league experience:

2.0 IP | 2H | 1ER | 1BB | 3K | 4.50 ERA

Of course 2.0 IP is not nearly enough data to say if he can be successfull long term, it at least looks like he's got the stuff to strike major league hitters out. I'm always torn between how to feel when my team is facing an inexperienced pitcher. Part of it's nerves of course but there's no book on him yet so batters don't know what to expect. I guess we'll see. Here's hoping his first start is a short one. After last night I'm in the mood for a laugher.

Posted by: MKevin | August 23, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else having technical problems with the MASN2 transmission? Infuriating.

Posted by: #1 Lurker | August 23, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Yup MASN Really SUCKS!

Barry were you going to write something on this product compared to other MLB teams?

Posted by: JayB | August 23, 2007 8:14 PM | Report abuse

That's the way to start it off!
Nook with a bunt to the pitcher and putting the pressure on him early.
Zimm, Meat, Kearns, Belly!

5-0 after the top of the first - nice start. Sure beats facing Oswalt, as I mentioned yesterday!

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 23, 2007 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Cool beans. Hold 'em down, Lanno.

Talk to y'all from Singapore, I hope.

Posted by: Hendo | August 23, 2007 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Back2Back2Back doubles. Not a bad way to kick off the game. Love to see RZ and AK getting involved in driving in runs early.

Posted by: MKevin | August 23, 2007 8:25 PM | Report abuse

re: MASN We have our main living room TV on DirecTV, which we subscribe to, and the upstairs TV plugged into a Comcast cable (was here when we moved in, and it's worked ever since... shhh!). Anyway, the Comcast transmission of the game is fine. The DirecTV broadcast is the screwed up one.

At least that should help us know who to call. Glad to know it's not a problem with our satellite!

Go Nats! Whatta first! :)

Posted by: JennX | August 23, 2007 8:44 PM | Report abuse

JennX--thank you. I have DirecTV and plan to give them an irate phone call right now!

Posted by: #1 Lurker | August 23, 2007 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I have DirectTV with no problems on MASN2 - and I'm in... Shaw. No probs.

If you're not able to watch - Top of 3rd Nats still up 5-0. Follow on GameDay and with radio. We're with you compatriots!

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 23, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

We can watch (or at least I can) but it's choppy.

Posted by: JennX | August 23, 2007 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Exhibit "A" on why Schneider is important to this team!!!

Posted by: MKevin | August 23, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Lannan's been taking BP lessons from Hanrahan!

Good work young man! Help y'self!

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 23, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

New post is up, with some small news. Thought you might want to move the discussion over there.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | August 23, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

DirecTV is "aware of the problem and attempting to fix it." (It only took them 45 minutes to answer their phone.)

Posted by: #1 Lurker | August 23, 2007 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I agree, G-town.


Good move, no need to burn his arm out.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 24, 2007 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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