Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 7/23/13
Thanks for coming out, Joe Blanton, but your services are no longer required. Why don't you head out to the bullpen, pick out a nice seat for yourself and get comfortable. You could be there for awhile. After a long season of drawing the ire of Angels fans (and Gatorade coolers), the time has come for the Angels to finally get around to removing Joe Blanton from the rotation. No matter where you think this team is headed, be it to the playoffs or to a top ten pick in the draft, there is no practical reason for Joe Blanton to remain a member of the Angel rotation for even one more start. He isn't getting better. Joe had a run in June where he strung together several solid starts, but since then he has regressed to his early season form of getting battered like a piñata and has now turned in two consecutive starts in which he exited before the end of the fifth inning. This is while facing two of the worst offenses in the American League, mind you. If he were showing signs of progress,
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