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Nationals Vs. Phillies: John Lannan Aims To Keep Washington Winning In Philadelphia

The Nationals have taken seven of the last nine games against the Phillies and have won nine of their last 12 games as the season winds down.

The Washington Nationals are riding high after a Tuesday doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. The two teams are definitely on different paths with the Phillies moving on to the playoffs and the Nationals back to their families and numerous golf courses, but that doesn't mean these two teams will be slacking against each other, especially to the Nationals who look to continue to garner respect.

A third straight victory against the NL East champs would be gravy for Washington and for their starting pitcher, John Lannan (9-13, 3.68 ERA). Lannan currently has a 5.06 ERA in five starts against Philadelphia this season and has lost four times against the Phillies. The Nats lefty has also lost six of his last seven starts, but some of that can be chalked up to the lack of Nationals offense. It is a David and Goliath sort of battle for Lannan anytime he faces the Phillies. He will be opposing Vance Worley (11-2, 2.85 ERA), a NL Rookie of the Year candidate.



1. Ian Desmond, SS

2. Roger Bernadina, RF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Michael Morse, LF

5. Danny Espinosa, 2B

6. Chris Marrero, 1B

7. Rick Ankiel, CF

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. John Lannan, SP