Yay, Lannan. Brow's he do it!
He really should have done it before now, and on a better team he would have. It's just hard to win 10 games when your team is only winning 60. I'm not saying Lannan would be a 20 game winner on a different team but when you're making 30+ starts and you got an ERA under 4.00, you expect a win total of at least 10. Doubt me? Since 1996 there have been 528 seasons as I've described. In 493 of them (93%) you get 10 wins. It not only takes a bad team it takes some bad breaks too.
[Side note : looking this up the worst luck year appears to belong to Clayton Kershaw in 2009. He had a 2.79 ERA over 30 games and yet won only 8 times. This is for a team that was 4th in the league in runs scored and won 95 games. The oddness doesn't end there - the team leader in wins was Billingsly with 12 (32 starts). Wolf was next with 11 (34 starts). Kuroda won 8 in 20 starts. For the mish-mash of guys that started the other 42 games they won 22 times.]
Here's brow he didn't do it the past 3 years. (9,9, and 8 wins respectively)
In 2008 John got to 6 wins in Mid-July (game 98) but wouldn't get another one until the end of August when he won back to back games. He'd only win one in September (for a team that went 7-17), losing games 4-0 and 4-3 and another one where he only allowed 1 earned run over 7 innings. (oddly enough in his only badly pitched game in September that year the Nats scored a ton of runs and he got a no-decision).
In 2009 John got his 8th win on August 5th (game 108), leaving him two whole months to get just 2 more wins. He would proceed to lose games 3-2, 5-3, 3-2, 4-1 and got no decisions in 3-2 and another one where he only allowed 2 earned runs over 7 innings.
In 2010 John started the year terribly and got bumped to the minors (much to the glee of a certain segment of baseball fans. Let's call them S-rmetricians. No, that's too obvious. How about SaberMs?) and then the DL. He was sitting at 2-5 going into his August 6th start. He'd get a decision in his next 8 starts going 6-2, but he ran out of time.
So finally, John has crossed into double-digit territory. Congratulations. Small victories!
Speaking of which the Nats "Science" Number is down to 2.