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The Nationals have decided to let John Lannan pitch on his regular turn Thursday afternoon against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Washington was thinking about pitching Lannan on short rest Tuesday against Chicago because he threw 43 pitches and lasted 1 2/3 innings in an 11-9 loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
“We were thinking about getting him out of that routine he was in and shaking it up,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said about Lannan. “As of now, he will pitch on his regular day.”
The month of August has been a rough one for Lannan, who has given up 19 runs in 18 innings. He has watched his ERA climb from 3.41 to 4.03. Lannan said he knows how to get out of the rut he is in, but declined to talk about his game plan for Thursday.
Since the Nationals hired Steve McCatty to be their new pitching coach on June 2, the Nationals’ starting rotation has performed well, going 5-10 with a 3.11 ERA.
Two of the starters in the rotation — John Lannan and Craig Stammen — declined to compare McCatty to former pitching coach Randy St. Claire, who was dismissed that same day.
Lannan and Stammen said there are a combination of reasons the starters have pitched well recently. It helps that the rotation is familiar with McCatty, who coached them in Triple-A. All of the starters, which also includes Ross Detwiler, Shairon Martis and Jordan Zimmermann, love McCatty’s old school ways of getting hitter’s out. Just throw strikes.
“He brings a different kind of attitude — maybe one that we needed, kind of a hardball attitude,” Stammen said. “I think we have a bunch of old school guys [in the rotation] who are willing to listen to him and buy in to what he says.
“When you coach, you have to buy into it. It’s not that we didn’t buy into Randy. We just didn’t pitch very well. Cat has done a great job so far.”
Lannan said the rotation turned the page after St. Claire left the team and rely heavily on catchers Josh Bard and Wil Nieves. McCatty also told them to hold themselves accountable, whenever they throw a bad pitch.
“Saint is gone and that is sad, but we have to stop talking about it. His ways are gone,” Lannan said. “It’s kind of a new thought process. It’s kind of sad to say that, but we have to move on. I think a big part of our success is Josh Bard and Wil Nieves. They taught us as a staff that we need to communicate and feed off each other.
“McCatty told us if we make a bad pitch, hey, it’s on us. We are the ones who is throwing the ball. It’s not the catcher who called it, it’s us. You executed the pitch.”
The Nationals arrived at Citi Field on Friday afternoon and came away impressed with the Mets’ new home.
The Nationals took early batting practice around 2:30 p.m. ET, and realized that the stadium is a pitcher’s park, which pleased closer Joel Hanrahan.
The dimensions are as follows: Left field: 335 feet, left center: 379 feet, center field: 408 feet, right center: 383 feet and right field: 330 feet.
“It’s an upgrade from Shea Stadium,” Hanrahan said. “I saw a couple of games on TV and it looked a little bigger. We actually went out for early batting practice and I asked [hitting coach] Rick Eckstein how the stadium was playing and he said, ‘It’s a big ballpark,’ which is not a problem for me.
“Anytime you know that you are playing in a bigger park, you feel you have extra wiggle room. The Mets are a good hitting team. If you make a mistake, they can still hit it out.”
The dimensions aren’t the only thing manager Manny Acta noticed at Citi Field.
“It’s beautiful. It’s a state-of-the-art-facility,” Acta said. “That’s the main thing nowadays. When they build one of these new ones, it’s gorgeous. We enjoyed the stadium out there earlier.”
Left-hander John Lannan grew up in Long Island, and while he loves the new stadium, Lannan has a soft spot for Shea. He remembers watching his father, Ed, drive down the Van Wyck Expressway with Shea Stadium always in sight.
“I miss Shea. It just feels different,” Lannan said. “Citi Field is a beautiful ballpark. I took a run around and saw the Jackie Robinson Rotunda and it’s really cool. I was coming up on the Van Wyck today and not seeing Shea, it was kind of weird because you always saw it. Not to see it this time was kind of weird for me.”
The Nationals have decided that left-hander John Lannan will be their Opening Day starter against the Marlins on April 6 at Dolphin Stadium. An official announcement will be made by manager Manny Acta on Wednesday.
Left-hander Scott Olsen will pitch on the night of April 7, while righty Daniel Cabrera will start the next afternoon.
Lannan, who clearly is the Nationals’ best pitcher, is coming off a rookie season in which he was 9-15 with a 3.91 ERA. This spring, Lannan hasn’t given up an earned run in six innings.
An 11th-round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Lannan’s rise to the big leagues was rapid. Two years after being drafted, Lannan went from Class A Potomac to the Majors in one season and had a respectable 4.15 ERA in six big-league games. By early last season, Lannan was the team’s No. 1 starter.
Lannan, 24, was not available for comment.
Nationals left-hander John Lannan pitched five scoreless innings in Saturday’s intrasquad game. He gave up two hits, struck out three batters and walked none. Lannan threw 59 pitches, 43 of which went for strikes.