Philadelphia Phillies’ John Lannan Showing Off His Starting Ability

By Rebekah Milsted
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies had needed a fifth starter this past offseason. They had made the choice to sign former Washington National pitcher John Lannan. They had signed him to a one year deal.

Lannan had started the season off shaky. He had started three games in April. He had a 0-1 record with a 6.14 ERA. It was not the start that the Phillies were hoping for.

To make matters worse, Lannan had hurt himself and was placed on the disabled list in mid-April. He suffered a strained quadriceps in his knee. It was the first time that he was ever on the disabled list, figures it would be when he was making his debut season with the Phillies.

Lannan came back in mid-June.  He went 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA, which was remarkably better than April. He pitched 17 innings with nine strikeouts. He was on his way to becoming the fifth starter the Phillies were waiting for.

This month has been Lannan’s best yet. Lannan has gone 1-1. His ERA is 2.14 in three starts. He has pitched 21 innings with 12 strikeouts. He has only given up one home run. In the last two starts he has gone eight innings when in the beginning of the season he would only last around six.

Lannan’s season ERA is 3.76. He has the third lowest ERA out of the Phillies’ starters. He has finally found his form and is fitting into the rotation nicely.

After the All-Star break the Phillies will be in winning mode at all times as they are trying to make a playoff push. Lannan will be a big help as long as he continues to pitch the way he has been.

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