Washington Nationals: John Lannan vs Marlins, No Bryce Harper Or Michael Morse In Game One.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 21: John Lannan #31 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during a game at Nationals Park on July 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

• Breaking News (ICYMI): Nationals Acquire C Kurt Suzuki From A's. (LINK)

In discussing the decision to stand pat with what they have in terms of pitching at this past Tuesday's Non-Waiver Trade Deadline, D.C. GM Mike Rizzo told MASN's Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo that in spite of all the talk about Washington needing a starter to supplement the rotation once Stephen Strasburg's shut down, the Nats had looked at the high-end arms that were available and determined they were too costly in terms of the prospects needed to acquire that sort of pitcher. As for the "secondary tier of pitchers" that were available, the Nats' general manager told the MASN broadcast team, "We feel that we have those guys in-house. John Lannan is a pitcher that won 10 games in the big leagues, threw 200 innings for two or three years in a row and has a sub-4.00 ERA for his career, so that's a real pitcher and we felt that we couldn't do any better in the trade market."

While the Nats' 27-year-old, '05 11th Round pick's numbers at Triple-A Syracuse this year haven't been all that impressive (6-10, 5.24 ERA, 5.03 FIP, 3.35 BB/9, 4.91 K/9), when he was called upon to help the Nationals out in game two of a doubleheader with Atlanta back on July 21st, the left-hander came through for the Nats, holding the Braves to two runs on five hits in 7.0 IP to earn his first major league win of 2012 and stop a three-game slide that had the Nationals' lead in the NL East down to 2.5 games.

After the start, the sixth-year pro told reporters that in spite of the circumstances, which saw him up for one game before being sent back down to Triple-A, it was an exciting experience, and something he hadn't done before. "I've never been on a first place team," Lannan said, "So that was kind of cool, and then I've never been in a game where it really meant something. Every game means something, but right now they're in a battle for the [NL] East and I just want to go out there and do my job."

Thanks to the rule in the new CBA that allows teams to add a 26th man when playing doubleheaders, Lannan will get another chance to do his job this afternoon in the first game of the traditional doubleheader with Miami. Here's the Nats' lineup for Game One:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Federal Baseball

You must be a member of Federal Baseball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Federal Baseball. You should read them.

Join Federal Baseball

You must be a member of Federal Baseball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Federal Baseball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker