Graph of the Intermittent Time Period
Last night, in the first inning, Washington Nationals starter John Lannan hit Shane Victorino with a fastball. That marked the ninth time Lannan has hit a Phillie with a pitch, by far the highest total of players hit. The Florida Marlins come in second place with three batters hit by Lannan.
If you recall, Lannan broke Chase Utley‘s hand in 2007, curbing the second baseman’s run at a National League MVP award, as Utley was sitting on a .996 OPS at the time. The Phillies had a similar scare last year, when Lannan hit Ryan Howard on the elbow. While running the bases, Howard sprained his ankle, forcing him on the sidelines for three weeks. Howard was hit again earlier this season, this time on the hand, but thankfully no damage was done.
Earlier this season, @FuquaManuel of The Good Phight called for Lannan’s incarceration. David Cohen disagreed, arguing that Lannan’s freedom meant extra runs for the Phillies. Meanwhile, WholeCamels prepared a lawsuit.
I side with FuquaManuel and WholeCamels. While Lannan is certainly awful against the Phillies and the free wins against the Nationals are nice, it is not worth losing a productive player to injury. Lannan should be detained in Guantanamo, where he will be waterboarded until he explains why he targets the Phillies with his fastballs.