Scouting the Free Agent Market: Joe Blanton

Spring Training is underway, and the Yankees have what feels like several dozen pitchers jockeying for position on the Opening Day roster. That may not be terribly far off the mark, to be fair, considering that the team has thirty-plus pitchers in camp (thirty-three between the 40-man roster, non-roster invitees, and the recently signed Jon Niese) – but there is a very real sense...
Via River Avenue Blues
3 hours ago

The Rockies Could Really Use Joe Blanton

Two weeks have elapsed since I last wrote about the Rockies, so I hope enough time has passed to allow me to return to the subject matter. As we know, Colorado has experimented with a number of approaches to pitching at Coors Field, from sinker-heavy staffs to expensive free agents to four-man rotations. Nothing, it seems, has worked. Back in January, I wrote about how the Rockies...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Would Joe Blanton’s Presence Boost Dodgers’ Roster to Higher Level?

The Dodgers have done an excellent job this offseason getting the gang back together. Over the weekend, Chase Utley reportedly agreed to a one-year deal to return to the team. Even though he could find more playing time elsewhere, perhaps even a starting position, he chose to come back to LA. Sure, he’s a SoCal native at the end of his career, and maybe he just didn’t feel like...
Via ThinkBluePC
10 days ago

No Average Joe

Joe Blanton was all kinds of “meh” as a starting pitcher. In 1,553 career innings a starter – his role during the first nine years of his career – Blanton produced a 4.47 ERA and 4.20 FIP. He was a back-of-the-rotation arm. He soaked up innings. His starts were not going to spike ratings or attendance or win expectancy. But in 2015 he found himself in the Kansas City bullpen...
Via Fangraphs
January 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Another Year with Joe Blanton, Great Reliever

The price of relief pitching is on the rise. Baseball die hards are currently having a fierce debate about reliever valuation, but it’s relatively clear that teams are willing to pony up for quality back of the bullpen arms. The recent deals for Ken Giles, Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Will Smith demonstrate as much. Clubs want good relievers (who can blame them!) and they...
Via Fangraphs
August 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton slams water cooler after HR

There seems to be some sort of correlation between struggling pitchers and water coolers. When their frustration boils over and they choose not to take it out on their teammates, they go after a water cooler. That’s what happened to Joe Blanton after he gave up a two-run dinger to Jordy Mercer on Saturday. He first went back to the dugout and pondered his next move. After staring...
Via The Sports Daily
June 26, 2016  |  Discuss

The curious case of Joe Blanton

This post was co-written with long-time Dodgers Digest commenter, Maths Cat (@SpaceDodgers). Joe Blanton is having an interesting season. In fact, he’s been having an interesting couple of seasons. After not appearing in a Major League game in 2014, Blanton was signed by the Royals in 2015, who converted him to a reliever before trading him to the Pirates in late July. Blanton...
Via Dodgers Digest
May 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton is still Joe Blanton but the new slider is cool

The Dodgers signed Joe Blanton recently, which makes sense but is also absolutely horrifying because he’s Joe Blanton. However, many have made the case that Blanton is legit as a reliever, and Neil Weinberg of FanGraphs made the point that his career as a reliever should be given a clean slate given how he’s changed. For the last several years, he’s been a fringy pitcher...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores: Joe Blanton Re-Assessment Opportunity

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. […]
Via Fangraphs
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels grant RHP Joe Blanton his unconditional release

Joe Blanton's brief tenure with the Angels was destined to end badly, and Wednesday, it finally did when the team announced it had granted the right-hander his unconditional release. Blanton never found his footing in Anaheim after signing a two-year deal as a free agent in December 2012. He lost his job in the starting rotation last season and had a 2-14 record in 28 games (20 starts...
Via Fox Sports West
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

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