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Atlanta Braves
@ Washington Nationals

Saturday, Jul 4, 2009, 1:05 PM EDT
Nationals Park

Tommy Hanson vs John Lannan

?'s For The DC Faithful...

• The Braves Have Won 5 Straight Overall, Will They Win Their 5th Straight One-Run Game Over DC Today?

• ATL Right-Hander Tommy Hanson's Won 4 Of 5 Starts, Atlanta's Won All Five, Time For A Loss?

• Are You Looking Forward To The Gehrig Speech?

• John Lannan's 3-0 In June, DC's 4-1 In Lannan's Last 4 Starts...Can "Cool Hand" Beat The Braves?

• Think Willie Harris Is Amazing? Wait Til  You Hear Him Sing?

BONUS ? - Who Was The Higher Draft Pick In 2005? Hanson Or Lannan? Answer After The Jump...

DC Starting Lineup...

  1. Nyjer Morgan - CF
  2. Nick "Two-Spot" Johnson - 1B
  4. The Big Walky - LF
  5. The HAMMER - RF
  6. The Guzzzz - SS
  7. Anderson "Elvis" Hernandez - 2B
  8. Wil "Pretty Boy" Nieves - C
  9. John "Cool Hand" Lannan - Eating 40 Eggs.


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Today's Starting Pitchers Are Going To Stare At You Now...

John Lannan

#31 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals





Sep 27, 1984


'09 Stats - (5-5, 3.45 ERA), 16 GS, 99.0 IP, 97 H, 44 R, 38 ER, 12 HR, 37 BB, 47 K's, 1.35 WHIP, .259 BAA.

vs ATL - (2-2, 3.30 ERA), 5 GS, 30.0 IP, 35 H, 11 ER, 2 HR, 15 BB, 17 K's, 1.67 WHIP, .289 BAA.

Origin Story - Washington Nationals' 11th Round pick, 324th overall in 2005. 

Tommy Hanson

#48 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves





Aug 28, 1986


'09 Stats - (4-0, 2.48 ERA), 29.0 IP, 24 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, 17 BB, 18 K's, 1.41 WHIP, .222 BAA.

vs DC - N/A

Origin Story - Atlanta Braves' 22nd Round pick, 677th overall in 2005. 

The Braves vs John Lannan...

Gregor Blanco - 3 for 3, 1.000 AVG. 

Matt Diaz - 4 for 10, .400 AVG. 

Yunel Escobar - 3 for 12, .250 AVG. 

Jeff Francoeur - 6 for 12, .500 AVG, 1 HR, 5 RBI's. 

Kelly Johnson - 6 for 15, .400 AVG, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI's. 

Chipper Jones - 3 for 13, .231 AVG, 2 RBI's. 

Casey Kotchman - 2 for 5, .400 AVG, 1 2B. 

Brian McCann - 4 for 14, .286 AVG, 1 2B. 

Nate McLouth - 2 for 6, .333 AVG, 2 2B. 

DC Lefty John Lannan On XM's Inside Pitch w/ Jeff Joyce and Kevin Kennedy...(paraphrasing from notes)...

Q:  Who did you look up to as a lefty?

Lannan: I liked watching Tom Glavine throw, Andy Pettite, Randy Johnson...

Q: The '09 Season?

Lannan: Goal is to go out there every five days and try to get a win for the team...

Q: Young Nationals' Starters?

Lannan: The young starters are starting to get it., Jordan Zimmermann, Craig Stammen, Ross Detwiler, all have incredible stuff, and they're learning to trust their stuff...

Q: PItching Coach Change?

Lannan: Sad to see Randy St. Claire go, but have a great relationship with Steve McCatty, good change for me...

TAWH...Yes He Sings Too...(ed. note - "Thanks for the tip, Little Lady.")

Tim Hudson and Willie Harris....hilarious!!!

Check the NatCast if you're heading to Nationals Park...

For A Braves Fan's Perspective, Check Out The SBN's Atlanta Braves Blog: 

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