Blanton is struggling once again (AP)
“If you want to know the truth, you can never throw too many strikes,” said Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel after I asked him if Blanton was hitting the zone a little too frequently. “I think it’s where you put the ball…it comes back to location, location, location.”
So, Manuel wouldn’t completely concede that Blanton was throwing too many strikes. However, reading between the lines, you can tell Blanton is around the wrong parts of the plate.
Interestingly enough, Blanton rates second in Major League Baseball in strikeout-to-walk ratio at 6.17. He’s surrounded on the leaderboard by a slew of All-Star talent. Leading the way is Colby Lewis, but just behind Blanton are names like Lee, Strasburg, Cain, Dickey, and Hamels. What is the difference with those guys? Well, for one, they have better stuff. They can get hitters out by pitching out of the zone more often. Manuel did admit that he thinks Blanton is afraid to walk guys, which sums up his s...