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Gameday Thread, #91: 7/9 vs. Nationals


Micah Owings
RHP, 6-7, 5.15)


John Lannan
LHP, 4-9, 3.60 preview [opens in new window]

Another chance to put together a three-game winning streak this afternoon - and if we don't manage it today, odds are we won't be doing it this side of the All-Star break. Lannan has the best ERA of any of the Washington starters, but over his past ten starts, they have scored only nineteen runs in support, and never more than three in any game. That would explain why he has one win during that time.

Though based on yesterday's performance, we're going to struggle almost as hard to get any runs across - we were the beneficiaries of two gift runs, thanks to the Nationals defense. Can't rely on that every time. Of course, it'd help if the bottom of our batting order was not a Gurgling Vortex of Suck (TM), but I haven't seen today's lineup yet, so I don't know how many Triple-A players are in the lineup. With another LHP on the mound for the opposition, I wouldn't be surprised to see Micah batting above the likes of Burke and Hammock, if they're playing.

Oh, and file under "News which is kinda ambivalent," Eric Byrnes is going to try and recover without surgery. However, it's still uncertain whether he'll be back before the end of the season. Personally, I'm worried less about when he comes back, and more that whenever he does, he is genuinely able to play at 100%. Without that, he might as well not bother coming back.