The Nationals’ recent run of rain delays has probably altered their starting pitchers more than any other facet of the team. John Lannan had planned on pitching on three-days rest Sunday in order to keep the rotation in order and not drain the bullpen. But that became unnecessary when last night’s game was rained out and re-scheduled for Monday.
Lannan will instead pitch Monday, on the normal amount of rest, which could be construed as a benefit. Lannan, though, was hoping for the opportunity to pitch on three-days rest for the time in his career.
“I wanted it,” Lannan said. “I was just excited to do something new, test my body a little bit, I guess. Regular rest is fine. Whenever they needed me to take the ball, I wanted to help keep everybody on track. I had never done it before, and I thought I could do it.”
After Wednesday’s start, Lannan did conditioning and weight-lifting immediately after his start. He planned on throwing a bullpen session yesterday, but moved it back to today upon learning he would pitch on four-days rest, after all.
The rainouts have also affected Jason Marquis, who last pitched Game 1 of last Sunday’s doubleheader. He’ll start tomorrow, giving him six days between starts. Marquis has had success in his career pitching on at least six-days rest, compiling a 4.25 ERA in 50 starts, which is actually lower than his 4.54 career ERA.