Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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Philadelphia Phillies (4-5) vs. San Francisco Giants (4-5) Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35) vs. Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97)Time: 10:15 PM, AT&T Park TV: The Comcast Network Weather: Sunny, 52 Media: Twitter and FacebookIt has been great to see Joe Blanton get off to such a strong start after a rough 2011 season that was derailed due to elbow injuries. He got himself in tip-top shape this offseason and it has paid dividends early on in 2012. His first start of the season was perhaps the best I’ve ever seen Blanton pitch. Over seven innings, he allowed only three hits last week against the Marlins. It was his only start thus far – his other appearance came in relief – so it hardly tells us anything. But what’s telling is that his fastball hit 92 several times. I can’t remember a time when Blanton was hitting 90-92 with ease before his first start.It all comes down to how he will follow up. If Blanton can stay on this upward trend and keep that new found velocity, he could be in for a ste...
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