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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Today’s Nationals-Phillies lineups: John Lannan gets another crack at the Phillies

Adam LaRoche is back in the lineup after missing yesterday’s game, but Michael Morse remains out. He was sick yesterday, but it’s possible Jim Riggleman simply wanted his left-handed bat in the lineup against Roy Halladay. We’ll find out. Jerry Hairston will replace Ryan Zimmerman at third base for the second straight day.

Nationals

1. Ian Desmond, SS

2. Rick Ankiel, CF

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Laynce Nix, LF

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Jerry Hairston, 3B

8. Ivan Rodriguez, C

9. John Lannan, SP

Phillies

1. Shane Victorino, CF

2. Placido Polanco, 3B

3. Jimmy Rollins, SS

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. Ben Francisco, RF

6. Raul Ibanez, LF

7. Carlos Ruiz, C

8. Wilson Valdez, 2B

9. Roy Halladay, SP

The Nationals will have to face Halladay, but Lannan will have his own challenge against the Phillies.

The Phillies are just kind of that team for Lannan. He made his major league debut in their ballpark. He started opening last year against them. When he returned from his six-week stint in Class AA last year, the Phillies were waiting for him at Nationals Park. After he faces them tonight, Lannan will have made 12 starts against the Phillies, more than any other team.

And no team has beat around Lannan worse than the Phillies.

Given the Phillies success since 2007 and the size of their ballpark, Lannan is probably not alone in that regard. In his 11 prior starts, the Phillies have knocked him around to the tune of a 6.09 ERA, Lannan’s worst against any team he’s made at least five starts against. In three starts last season, Lannan allowed the Phillies 11 earned runs in 14 1/3 innings, a 6.91 ERA, and allowed them a .929 OPS.

How much of a difference have the Phillies made in Lannan’s career? As it is, Lannan’s career ERA is 4.09, 41st in the majors. If you remove every start Lannan has made against the Phillies, his ERA would be 3.83, which would rank 30th among National League starters.

Tonight, the Phillies will not have in their lineup two of Lannan’s primary tormenters. Chase Utley is 11 for 25 with three walks, a double and a home run, which works out to a .440/.548/.720 slash line. Jayson Werth went 8 for 24 with four walks, two doubles and four home runs, which would be .333/.429/.917. Utley is hurt, and Werth, obviously, is Lannan’s right fielder.

Lannan made some progress in his final two starts against the Phillies last year, allowing them two runs in five innings and four runs in 5 2/3 innings after he returned from Harrisburg. He knows he’s got to solve the Phillies, and he gets another chance tonight.

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