Lannan, Nats blank woeful Mets

Posted: July 21, 2009 in Mets

Washington’s John Lannan, a much better pitcher than his 7-7 record indicates, seemed to have a simple gameplan against the putrid Mets’ offense on Tuesday night. Make the weakling Met hitters put the ball in play.
This was a foolproof plan, for he knew the Mets wouldn’t hit the ball with any authority. The plan was executed to near perfection.
Yes, the Mets scratched out seven meaningless singles, but Lannan didn’t walk a batter and struck out just one in cruising to a 4-0 shutout, his second complete game win over the Mets this season.
Lannan induced Mets hitters to hit ground ball after ground ball, and New York never really got much of a threat going.
Oliver Perez was the anti-Lannan, for he again struggled to find the strike zone in a typical six-inning outing. His final line: 6 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 6 BB, 4 K and a hit batter. In eight starts, Perez is 2-3 with an ERA of 7.68 and WHIP over 2. And the Mets are on the hook for 2 1/2 more years of this guy at a ridiculous $13 million per season. Omar, your genius blinds us all.
The Mets (44-49) try to avoid a rare series win by the Nationals Wednesday night. If I were a betting man, I’d bet on the Nats….

  1. gravediggerhebner says:

    Usually when I see “woeful” and “Nats” near each other the context is different. Sadly it’s accurate as laid out here.

  2. Andrew Sodergren says:

    When Ollie threw three scoreless innings, I thought to myself, maybe he’s ready to shut me up and go on a nice little second-half run. Then he started walking everyone and it was game, set, match. It’s sad but down 2-0 to the crappy Nationals in just the fourth inning, I knew it was over.

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