He’ll try to improve to 4-0 at Nationals Park in his career against the Mets as Washington looks to win its home finale Wednesday.
Washington (54-103) is concluding another disappointing season with the worst record in baseball, but has a chance to earn a three-game sweep of its high-profile NL East rival.
The Nationals have earned two one-run victories in this series, winning 2-1 on Monday and taking advantage of some sloppy defense in a 4-3 win Tuesday. Washington had lost four straight and seven of eight before this series.
“We’ve played hard all year - well, the last few months - and I think we haven’t been rewarded too much,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “We just couldn’t find a way to win ballgames. The fact that they have grinded it out, I think you have to be proud of. In September, it’s tough to do that.”
“It was kind of embarrassing to watch that kind of play - especially at that time of the game,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “Poor, poor, poor defensive play.”
Lannan (9-13, 3.93 ERA) has dominated New York (67-91) in three starts at Nationals Park, posting a 0.36 ERA in that span with the only two complete games of his career coming this year. He did not issue a walk and scattered seven hits July 21 in a 4-0 victory over the Mets.
The New York native will make his third bid for his career-high 10th victory after going 0-2 with a 1.93 ERA in his last two outings. He gave up two unearned runs Friday over seven sharp innings in a 4-1 loss to Atlanta.
Lannan will try to outpitch former teammate Tim Redding(notes) (3-6, 5.29), who was not offered a contract by Washington after going 13-17 with a 4.53 ERA over 48 starts from 2007-08. The Mets signed the right-hander on Jan. 9.
It hasn’t been a good season for Redding, who spent the first month and a half on the disabled list due to right shoulder fatigue. He was demoted to the bullpen July 7 after going 1-3 with a 6.99 ERA in his first nine starts before returning to the rotation Aug. 22.
Redding, though, is 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against Washington this year. He’s limited the Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman(notes) and Adam Dunn(notes) to a combined two hits in 11 at-bats with one RBI.