Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Big Joe was the same old (AP) Back in June, I asked if Joe Blanton was throwing too many strikes. It seemed that he was afraid to walk anyone. During his time with the Phillies this season, Blanton’s K/BB ratio was 6.39, eclipsing his previous career high of 3.50 set in 2007 with Oakland. Big Joe was absolutely pounding the strike zone this season, almost to a fault. By throwing it over the plate with such regularity, he allowed 22 home runs in 133 1/3 innings with the Phillies, and 29 overall, serving up seven more following his deadline trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers. As an aside, I was standing on the field at the moment Joe Blanton had been traded. I noticed Blanton was not on the field prior to one of the games while the rest of his teammates stretched at roughly 4 pm. Minutes later, he was gone, one of the remaining pieces of the 2008 title team headed west. The Dodgers picked up Blanton on August 4, past the non-waiver deadline, because he was available on the cheap – he ...
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