Do the Nats Already Have a Strasburg Solution?
July 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
There's been a lot of talk regarding what the Nationals should do in regards to their ace Stephen Strasburg and his mythical 160 innings count. Some think they will just plug the pull when a number is hit by Strasburg, others think they will come up with creative ways to rest Strasburg so that he can be an active member of the rotation in September and possibly beyond. Those that think the Nationals will come up with some sort of a six man rotation or another creative venture to preserve Strasburg point to the starting pitching trade market and the upcoming trade deadline. But do the Nationals have a solution in house?
Remember John Lannan? Nats Nation was in shock when the four year starter was sent down to Syracuse prior to Opening Day. Then trade rumors started to swirl, one of which had the soon-to-be 28 year old heading to the Angels. Lannan, seemingly unmotivated, had a terrible start to the year for the Chiefs but then rebounded. On the year he 6-9 with a 4.89 ERA, but the veteran lefty has gotten bombed in his last three outings giving up twelve earned runs in just over eighteen innings. The Siena product will get his first start wearing the "Curly W" this Saturday as part of a doubleheader versus the Braves. Lannan has been respectable at the major league level going 38-51 with a 4.00 ERA. Could he rekindle some of his past "success" and possibly be a part of a six-man Nationals rotation?
Lannan basically lucked out to get this start because he pitched last night in a loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox. Beyond Lannan the Nationals could look to another pair of Chiefs' starters who have big league experience. Zach Duke, a seven year MLB veteran with Pittsburgh and Arizona is pitching well in the International League and recently was named to the All-Star team. As of right now Duke is 10-4 in Syracuse with a 3.78 ERA. Another name familiar to Nats fans who could be called upon is that of Yunesky Maya. The right hander has posted a 3.68 ERA in Syracuse while going 6-7 this year for the Chiefs.
The important thing for all Nats fans to remember is that the club has options.