Calling him a “workhorse” in their trade headline, the Phillies added right hander Joe Blanton from the A’s to the line-up in exchange for minor league prospects Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman and Matthew Spencer yesterday. I suppose “workhorse” is fitting for a guy who comes in at 6’3″ and 255 lbs. I hope they have stocked the fridge in the clubhouse.
Kidding aside, let’s get to the numbers. Blanton arrives in Philly with a 4.96 ERA and a 5-12 record…so far, I am not doing cartwheels over here. Also, he has only had 4 quality starts in his last 10. Even Adam Eaton has had 6 in his last 10. Is this supposed to be an upgrade? Ok, well the good news is that last year he posted a record of 14-10 with an ERA of 3.95…let’s hope his second half is closer to the 2007 results. Maybe the change of scenery will do him good. Perhaps they were just not feeding him enough in Oakland and he was grouchy? He did beat the pants off the Phillies on 6/24…let’s see if that guy can show up for every start.
Many unanswered questions left here though…will Eaton be released or sent to the pen? Will JA Happ be back? What happens when Tom Gordon comes back? Is Myers still coming back to start on the 23rd? Ok, my brain hurts…we shall see! Big game tonight as the Mets won yesterday…Phillies need this one to stay in first place. Go Phillies!