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Washington Nationals
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Sunday, May 31, 2009, 1:35 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

John Lannan vs Jamie Moyer

Sunny. Game time temperature around 75.

?'s For The DC Faithful...

• Again? Can DC Really Drop Six Straight?

• If You Can't Pitch To Ibanez Or Howard...?

• Did You Think Shairon Martis Would Stay Undefeated All Season?

• Will Washington Ever Win Again?

• Where's Dunn Going To Play Today?

LINKS:

Ryan Howard's Grand Slam Or The 3 Errors? Which Cost The Nationals Their 35th Loss?
Soon Bye-bye Nick Johnson
Let's Start The Vote For Zim online Movement!!!

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Today's Starters Are Going To Stare At You Now...


"Old Man" Jamie Moyer "And His Bag Of Slow Tricks"

#50 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-0

185

L

L

Nov 18, 1962

'09 Stats - (3-5), 9 GS, 47.1 IP, 7.42 ERA, 68 H, 39 ER, 13 HR's, 16 BB, 1.77 WHIP, .342 AVG.

vs DC/Mon - (12-4), 21 G, 20 GS, 139.2 IP, 148 H, 55 R, 46 ER, 2.96 ERA, 1.32 WHIP.



John "Cool Hand" Lannan

#31 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-4

225

L

L

Sep 27, 1984

'09 Stats - (2-4), 4.11 ERA, 10 GS, 57.0 IP, 65 H, 30 R, 26 ER, 8 HR, 22 BB, 27 K's, 1.53 WHIP, .290 AVG.

vs PHIL - (0-4), 5.97 ERA, 6 GS, 31.2 IP, 1.71 WHIP, .326 BAA.


DC vs Old Man Moyer...

Josh Bard - 6 for 16, .375 AVG, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI's.

Ronnie Belliard - 8 for 30, .267 AVG, 5 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI's.

Cristian Guzman - 14 for 43, .326 AVG, 4 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI's.

Adam Dunn - 1 for 4, .250 AVG, 1 2B.

Anderson Hernandez - 5 for 10, .500 AVG, 1 2B, 2 RBI's.

Nick Johnson - 1 for 15, .067 AVG, 1 RBI.

Austin Kearns - 5 for 17, .357 AVG, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI.

Josh Willingham - 2 for 23, .087 AVG, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI.

Ryan Zimmerman - 4 for 24, .167 AVG, 1 2B.

Lannan vs Philadelphia...

Pedro Feliz - 7 for 12, .583 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBI's.

Ryan Howard - 4 for 17, .235 AVG, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI's, 7 K's.

Raul Ibanez - 3 for 4, .750 AVG.

Jimmy Rollins - 6 for 18, .333 AVG, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI's.

Carlos Ruiz - 2 for 8, .250 AVG, 2 RBI's.

Chase Utley - 8 for 16, .500 AVG, 2 HR's, 5 RBI's.

Shane Victorino - 6 for 17, .353 AVG.

Jayson Werth - 3 for 13, .231 AVG, 2 HR, 2 RBI's.

Lannan vs Moyer...

Jamie Moyer's lost four-straight starts, and the Phillies' 46-year-old left-hander, who is so far winless in May, has given up 31 H and 21 ER in his last 18.2 IP. The Nationals have dropped 8 of John Lannan's 10 '09 starts, and Lannan's lost to Philadelphia twice already this season, having given up 15 hits and 6 ER in 10.2 IP against the Nationals' NL East rivals.

DC Starting Lineup...(courtesy of Yahoo! Sports)...

  1. Anderson "Elvis" Hernandez - 2B
  2. Nick "Two-Spot" Johnson - 1B
  3. Ryan "Three-Spot" Zimmerman - 3B
  4. The Big Ducky -- RF
  5. The HAMMER - LF
  6. AK - CF
  7. The Bard - C
  8. Alberto "The General" Gonzalez - SS
  9. "Cool Hand" Lannan - Eating 40 Eggs.

In Case You Missed It...

Yahoo! Sports' writer Steve Henson had an article up yesterday entitled, "Strasburg should get used to struggle", where Mr. Henson cautions that Stephen Strasburg, (who'll most likely be drafted by the "abymsal Nationals" as Mr. Henson refers to them), had better get used to being hit the way he was Friday night in his first NCAA Regional start, since all of the opponents he faces from this point forward will be professional hitters. Virginia DH, Phil Gosselin, who hit a 1st inning home run off Strasburg in VA's win over SDSU, says he'll be watching when Strasburg makes the Majors, because, "It's always cool to see guys on the highest stage that you've been successful against." (ed. note - "That's right, Mr. Gosselin, one day you can tell your family and friends you went 1 for 5 with a HR on a 97 mph heater against the Nationals' ace.")

SDSU beat Fresno State Saturday afternoon, so now the Aztecs take on UC Irvine Sunday with the winner to face Virginia...in a double header? That's how it works in the NCAA's...SDSU is still alive...game time 7:00 pm EST tonight and then 11:00 pm for game two if they win...

Le Malediction de les Expos...Est-Il Pour Vrai? (Pardonnez-moi, j'a seulement étudié le français dans le lycée.)

Doghouse, our resident escaped physicist, went back to his favorite blog, Bad Nats, yesterday seeking the cause of the Nationals' ills, and he seems to think he may have come up with something, it's called the Curse of the Expos, and it was divined by the Boxing Priest...

(ed. note - "It'll probably help if you read these two Bad Nats' posts..."):

Bad Nats' archive - "Woof"

Bad Nats' archive - "Ohh Doggies

In explaining the curse in last night's GameThread, Doghouse wrote:

"It’s the curse of Les Expos. The Nats won’t have a winning season until all the former Expos are gone. Sadly, the curse is at its height now that only one remains. Most sadly of all, that one is NJ. If we ever want to win, we may have to trade Nick Johnson."

I always thought, Rob Dibble was right and the Nationals only had to let Teddy win a race to turn things around, but is it going to take the trade of "Two-Spot" Johnson to bring a winning team to DC? Well, the Boxing Priest said so...

For A Phillies Fan's Perspective, Check Out The SBN's Philadelphia Phillies Blog:

The Good Phight

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