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If the story of John Lannan’s season were to be written over the course of one game, Tuesday night’s 3-2 walk-off loss to the Marlins might have been just the one to do it.
Stephen Strasburg's next-to-last pitch of the night was a 77 mph breaking ball that caused the hitter to duck down and curl away from the plate _ as though worried he might get plunked in the head.
In a quiet moment this week in Philadelphia, Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty was asked to evaluate Stephen Strasburg's first three major league starts. They were a small sampling of exceptional work for someone just more than a year removed from ligament replacement surgery.
Their numbers the last turn through the rotation read like a laundry list of one of the league's best staffs. Ross Detwiler: 7 1/3 scoreless innings; Tommy Milone six scoreless; Stephen Strasburg, six innings, one run; Brad Peacock, five scoreless.
As Stephen Strasburg's rebuilt right elbow continues to heal from Tommy John surgery, one question follows the pitcher. How many innings will he throw next season?
Jordan Zimmermann doesn't carry the same cachè, didn't sign the same type of monster contract and certainly doesn't pack a stadium the way the Washington Nationals' best-known right-handed pitcher does. He's not Stephen Strasburg, and that's just fine.
Ross Detwiler got everyone talking five days ago. In a dominant six-inning performance as a tough-luck loser, Detwiler showed more than just a glimpse of the first-round talent the Nationals saw when they selected him four years ago.
Five hours and 19 minutes after Livan Hernandez stood on the mound at Nationals Park for the first time Friday night, Jayson Werth stood 60 feet, 6 inches away from it representing the start of the Nationals' final stand. Philadelphia Phillies closer Ryan Madson had been summoned. A two-run lead was his protect and the Phillies' 81st victory was seemingly moments away.
If a baseball season is six months of turning points - crossroads where a player can either figure it out or fall further into the depths of major league purgatory - John Lannan's happened at 30,000 feet, somewhere between Baltimore and Milwaukee.