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MLB Betting Preview - Nationals at Yankees

June 17, 2009
MLB Betting Preview - Washington Nationals (Lannan) at N.Y. Yankees (Wang) 7:05 ET

By Matt Fargo

Washington had a chance last night to steal one from the Yankees, but it did not work out.

Pitcher John Lannan of the NationalsTonight, they have a better chance thanks to a big edge in the pitching department. John Lannan is coming yet another solid outing yet no one really pays attention.

He is arguably one of the better pitchers in baseball that no one has heard of and the reason is that he plays for the worst team in baseball.

He started the season with a rough outing against Florida, but his ERA has basically come down almost every game since and that ERA is a solid 2.65 over his last 11 starts.

He has not had as much success on the road than he has at home but a lot of that is due to run support and than can certainly change tonight.

He threw only 88 pitches in his last outing meaning he can go a long way again without needing help from the bullpen. In 50 career starts, Lannan has a 3.83 ERA which is extremely solid.

The reason Washington could give Lannan run support is that it faces Chien-Ming Wang who has been dreadful this season.

In five starts, he has a 14.34 ERA while going 0-4 and he has not come close to putting together a solid performance.

He looked sharp out of the bullpen when he made three appearances, but his last two starts since then have been anything but.

All of the pressure is on him in this start as a spot for him in the rotation in the future will likely be decided on what happens here.

The linesmakers had no choice but to make the Yankees a large and overpriced favorite and we will take the huge value side with the Nationals.

Pick: Washington Nationals (+187) available at

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