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Astros jump all over Blanton early and cruise past Royals

The fairy tale ended abruptly for Joe Blanton. Blanton had dazzled in his first two starts as a Royal, but crashed back to reality Monday night during Kansas City's 6-1 loss to Houston. The right-hander finished just 2 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks. Entering Monday's game, Blanton had walked three total batters in 26 innings. Blanton had filled in admirably...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Weiss back in Oakland, Blanton regains touch

A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday: --- STREAKING Nolan Arenado has set a Rockies' record by getting a hit and scoring a run in 12 straight games. He can extend the mark when Colorado visits Oakland. WHAT A START Resurgent Royals pitcher Joe Blanton (2-0) aims to win his third straight start when he faces host Houston. The 34-year-old righty went 2-14...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Series recap vs Kansas City, The Pain Continues

The struggles of the Seattle Mariners continued to start the week, as they finished the current home stand by dropping 2 of 3 to the visiting Kansas City Royals. With the loss the Mariners drop to 33-40 on the season, and hopes of the postseason become more of a distant memory. Game 1 The first game of the series saw Joe Blanton come out of retirement to out-duel the King, with...
Via Seattle Side Up!
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Not so Royal: The King Out-dueled by Joe Blanton

Raise your hand if you had Joe Blanton out-pitching Felix Hernandez. Nobody? Okay.   When Nelson Cruz belted a solo homer in the first inning, it was looking to be a long night for Joe Blanton and the Kansas City Royals. He then sat down the next sixteen batters. In his six innings of work, Blanton allowed just two hits, and struck out seven batters. Blanton went back out...
Via Royals Blue
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Wednesday, Jun 17

Clayton Kersaw, Felix Hernandez, Madison Bumgarner, David Price, and Johnny Cueto — Wednesday’s top five might be baseball’s five best pitchers! And who’s that ranked number 11… …it’s Joe Blanton! Personally, that ranking seems crazy, but Steamer has Blanton for a 3.97 ERA and 1.25 WHIP the rest of the way with this start in a spacious park patrolled by Kansas City’s...
Via Baseball Professor
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Blanton a Blow to Royals Hope of Improving Rotation

        Who envisioned a rotation of Jeremy Guthrie, Chris Young, Edinson Volquez, Joe Blanton and Yordano Ventura in mid-June? Dayton Moore, maybe? Anyone else who imagined it considered it a scary notion. You can never have enough pitching. They say a team needs eight starters to make it through a season. But, I never...
Via Royals Blue
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton returns to the big show with the Kansas City Royals

Joe Blanton has been called up to the majors by @Royals. The 10-year MLB vet was 3-2 with a 3.89 ERA at Triple-A. — ExCats (@ExCats) May 16, 2015 Former Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton returns to the Major Leagues. After being released by the Angels prior to the 2014...
Via Philliedelphia
May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB News: Joe Blanton retires

Veteran right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton has decided to retire, according to the Sacramento RiverCats Twitter feed.It's official. Joe Blanton has retired.— River Cats (@RiverCats) April 14, 2014 Blanton was drafted by the Oaklan Athletics in the first round of the 2002 draft. He shot through the minor leagues and debuted with Oakland as a September call-up in 2004. The Kentucky...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
April 14, 2014  |  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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