John Lannan has never beaten the Phillies. It’s a fact he knows, his manager knows and, presumably, the Phillies know. So perhaps in an effort to change up his luck, the lefty’s name was spelled wrong on the Nationals’ lineup card this afternoon, popping in an E where the final A usually is (Lannen).
It was an honest mistake, but a comical slip up.
While Lannan will have his hands full with Philadelphia, the Nationals will face Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt for the first time this season.
Here’s how they’ve done in the past against him:
Roger Bernadina: 2-for-10 (.200), 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K
Ian Desmond: 0-for-11, 4 K
Jayson Werth: 5-for-18 (.278), 1 2B, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 10 K
Laynce Nix: 9-for-19 (.474), 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K
Michael Morse: 0-for-4, 2 K
Danny Espinosa: 2-for-5 (.400), 2 K
Wilson Ramos: Never faced
Alex Cora: 0-for-7, 2 BB, 2 K
John Lannan: Never faced
Matt Stairs: 8-for-29 (.276), 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K
Rick Ankiel: 6-for-24 (.250), 1 BB, 5 K
Ivan Rodriguez: 3-for-14 (.214), 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 K
Jerry Hairston Jr.: 2-for-12 (.167), 1 2B