After taking the first two games of their series with the Chicago Cubsincluding Saturday's 3-2 winthe Dodgers will send their newest acquisition--31-year old Joe Blanton--to the mound Sunday afternoon, hoping he can do for them what he did when he was dealt from Oakland to Philadelphia: Help turn them into winners.
Because when Joe Blanton gets traded, his new team ends up with a World Championship, then makes the playoffs every season after that.
Actually, it's only happened once, when the Philadelphia Phillies acquired the right hander from the Oakland Athletics, and went on to defeat Tampa Bay in the 2008 World Series. Philadelphia went 9-4 in Blanton's thirteen starts. The Phils then made the playoffs in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
"Hopefully history will repeat itself for me," said Blanton, who went undefeated (4-0) for the Phillies in 2008 after the trade.
"He's the type of guy who keeps you in games and gives you a chance to win," says manager Don Mattingly. "He going to be ve...