March 13, 2013
When Joe Blanton takes the mound for the first time in Angel Stadium with his new team, fans who have been oblivious to his career since he left the Phils may be a little surprised. Blanton, who signed with the Halos as a free agent in December, is about 30 pounds lighter than his normal 260. "I never looked at it like I needed to lose weight," Blanton said. "It just kind of happened. " Chipper Jones putting on pinstripes? The banged-up New York Yankees would love to have him. General manager Brian Cashman even said so Monday, expressing interest in the retired Atlanta Braves star.
December 6, 2012 |
The Los Angeles Angels added two more new arms to their retooled pitching staff by agreeing to a $15 million, two-year contract with former Phillies righthander Joe Blanton and an $8 million, two-year deal with lefthanded reliever Sean Burnett. Blanton's deal includes a team option for 2015, a person familiar with the negotiations said at the baseball winter meeting in Nashville on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical. Burnett's agreement also is pending a physical.
August 30, 2012 |
HOPING TO COME together in time for a big finish to the season, the revamped Los Angeles Dodgers relied on holdovers and newcomers alike to get back on a winning track. Former Phillies starter Joe Blanton pitched effectively into the eighth inning for his first win with Los Angeles and A.J. Ellis hit his first career grand slam in a 10-8 win over the host Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. Blanton (9-12), who was 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA in four previous starts since joining the Dodgers in an Aug. 3 trade with the Phillies, struck out five and walked one in 7 1/3 innings.
August 4, 2012 |
When he wasn't dealt by Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline, righthander Joe Blanton thought he might be with the Phillies for the rest of the season. So when he heard Friday afternoon that he had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named or cash, he had a natural reaction. "I was pretty shocked," Blanton said, talking to reporters in the Phillies dugout moments after hearing the news. The trade was made after the Dodgers claimed Blanton off waivers.
July 18, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - The dream, impossible as it may seem, is to make this baseball season interesting again. Win series after series after series and see whether it's enough to get into the playoffs come October. You may not believe it can happen, but the Phillies have to believe. The only way they will add converts is by beating good teams, a mission they rarely have accomplished this season. On Monday night, for only the 19th time in 55 games, the Phillies beat a team that currently has a record of .500 or better.
July 18, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES – If the Phillies are going to make the kind of second-half run they insist is possible, they likely will need to utilize the same formula that Monday night led to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers. That means excellent starting pitching, near-flawless relief, and some timely hitting from their established stars. Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins both hit solo home runs, while Joe Blanton held the Dodgers to two runs over eight innings before turning things over to Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth as the Phillies won for the third time in four games since the All-Star break.
June 23, 2012 |
In his last 22 2/3 innings of work, Joe Blanton has struck out 20 batters while walking just one, a ratio that is the definition of ideal for a major-league pitcher. Opponents are hitting just .227 against the Phillies righthander during that span. The problem? The pitches that make it into play are traveling a long way, prompting speculation that he is tipping his pitches. Thursday, Blanton said he doesn't think that is the case. "I feel like I wouldn't be getting strikeouts and not walking guys if I was tipping pitches," said the 31-year-old veteran, who entered Thursday night having allowed more home runs than any other pitcher in the National League.
June 15, 2012 |
MINNEAPOLIS - For a few innings after Jim Thome clobbered the 607th home run of his Hall of Fame career, fans in right field searched for the ball. It flew so high into the Minnesota sky Thursday that when it landed, it plopped deep into a flower bed at Target Field and vanished. Eventually, once a Twins grounds crew member fetched the ball following a Phillies' 6-1 victory, it would belong to Thome. The slugger tries hard to recover all of his home run balls - he had procured his two previous ones in 2012 after fans threw them back onto the field - and they will forever serve as his souvenirs.
June 15, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS — They needed this. They needed this like a fish needs water or a mammal needs air or a Kardashian needs flashbulbs. Over the previous 24 games, the Phillies pitching staff had allowed 126 runs, a total that defies belief when you consider that their worst 24-game stretch of the 2011 season saw them surrender 92. On Thursday night, Joe Blanton surrendered one, shutting down the Twins for nine innings while leading the Phillies to...
May 16, 2012 |
Joe Blanton reached for his helmet and bat without hesitation. Maybe, if he avoided Charlie Manuel or Rich Dubee in the dugout, he could extend his outing beyond the seventh inning Monday. Manuel stopped Blanton before he escaped. "How do you feel?" the manager asked his fifth starter. "Good," Blanton said. So he batted. Even as Blanton cursed when Manuel finally emerged with the hook in the eighth inning of a 5-1 Phillies victory over Houston, there was so much to be happy about.