Here are few other “B” words for you: Boo; Bad; and Blah! …For Joe Blah-anton! Ok, here is my theory. Last year towards the end of the season and into the playoffs, Joe Blanton did pretty well. Why? I think it was because he kept getting an extra day rest due to rain delays and scheduling. Think I am crazy? Look it up. And this year so far, he has had exactly one good start (May 4); that start came after SIX days rest, due to rain postponement. Today, he was awful again – on the normal five days rest.
Coincidence? I am beginning to think not. However, if Blanton does need six days off, then we need to put someone else in that spot who can do it with five. Today he allowed 6 earned runs on 8 hits and 1 walk in 8 innings. His pitches were either right down the middle of the plate or so far off, no one was swinging at those. And so the starting pitching woes for the Phillies continue.
The offensive woes joined the pitching today; the only 2 runs scored in the game were solo homers from Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez. Braves pitcher, Javier Vasquez did his best Tony Montana impersonation and gunned the Phillies batters down one by one. Say hello to his right arm:
The Phillies and Braves will finish the series tomorrow afternoon at an earlier than usual start time of 12:35pm with Brett Myers pitching. I will be there to root them on, and to collect my Mother’s Day Jayson Werth blanket :O) Maybe I can snag a pink bat too? I go to the Mother’s Day game every year and it is always fun to see the guys wearing their pink sweatbands and carting around the pink bats. Real men can totally pull off pink ;O)
And again, don’t forget to go on-line and VOTE for your All-Stars! Specifically, vote for the Phillies! Good thing we don’t have to vote for starting pitchers… :O<
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