Nice, solid win today. As has already been said, this just goes to show we are damn close to contending. Add a few more pieces and this is a sweep for the Nats.
All that said, I just don't get Lannan. How do you get shelled by AA pitching after being sent down, starting the year as your major league teams ace, then come back up and look ridiculously good in front of the DBacks, a decent hitting team, and now the Braves? Why can't this jackass pitch like this consistently? If this John Lannan shows up everyday, it improves the team so much going into next year it's sick. And yet we all know it's inevitable that the old John Lannan will rear his ugly head sooner rather than later.
As well as John did at avoiding runs... he still posted a 1.50 WHIP today... so he only had a good outing in the runs department. What saved him was the lack of walks. He can't survive if he's walking guys... but if he avoids them, he can hang around like he did today.
Not pretty, but it was effective.