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Birth Date12-11-1980
Height6' 3"
Weight225 lbs
Age38 years, 5 months, 8 days
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ThrowsR
1.12015
0.92016
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2018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2004 OAK MLB 3 0 8.0 0 0 0 6 2 6 1 104 6.8 2.3 1.1 6.8 41% .238 1.00 4.03 5.63 101 4.95 102.1 0.1
2005 OAK MLB 33 33 201.3 12 12 0 178 67 116 23 97 8.0 3.0 1.0 5.2 45% .248 1.22 4.45 3.53 104 4.52 97.3 2.2
2006 OAK MLB 32 31 194.3 16 12 0 241 58 107 17 99 11.2 2.7 0.8 5.0 44% .335 1.54 4.19 4.82 102 5.46 111.3 0.7
2007 OAK MLB 34 34 230.0 14 10 0 240 40 140 16 93 9.4 1.6 0.6 5.5 49% .299 1.22 3.56 3.95 86 3.36 69.5 5.9
2008 OAK 0 20 20 127.0 5 12 0 145 35 62 12 96 10.3 2.5 0.9 4.4 47% .302 1.42 4.26 4.96 104 4.97 106.1 0.8
2008 PHI 0 13 13 70.7 4 0 0 66 31 49 10 97 8.4 3.9 1.3 6.2 42% .264 1.37 4.99 4.20 111 5.43 115.9 0.1
2009 PHI MLB 31 31 195.3 12 8 0 198 59 163 30 95 9.1 2.7 1.4 7.5 42% .291 1.32 4.41 4.05 96 3.91 83.8 3.6
2010 PHI MLB 29 28 175.7 9 6 0 206 43 134 27 93 10.6 2.2 1.4 6.9 43% .321 1.42 4.35 4.82 101 4.83 109.2 0.9
2011 PHI MLB 11 8 41.3 1 2 0 52 9 35 5 91 11.3 2.0 1.1 7.6 58% .362 1.48 3.59 5.01 80 3.09 71.8 1.0
2012 LAN 0 10 10 57.7 2 4 0 66 16 51 7 96 10.3 2.5 1.1 8.0 49% .343 1.42 3.77 4.99 86 3.37 77.3 1.2
2012 PHI 0 21 20 133.3 8 9 0 141 18 115 22 97 9.5 1.2 1.5 7.8 45% .296 1.19 4.02 4.59 85 2.96 67.8 3.5
2013 ANA MLB 28 20 132.7 2 14 0 180 34 108 29 97 12.2 2.3 2.0 7.3 45% .346 1.61 5.14 6.04 106 5.33 127.7 -0.7
2015 KCA 0 15 4 41.7 2 2 2 43 7 40 6 99 9.3 1.5 1.3 8.6 50% .311 1.20 3.55 3.89 108 4.72 110.2 0.0
2015 PIT 0 21 0 34.3 5 0 0 26 9 39 1 98 6.8 2.4 0.3 10.2 50% .287 1.02 2.14 1.57 69 2.27 52.9 1.0
2016 LAN MLB 75 0 80.0 7 2 0 55 26 80 7 91 6.2 2.9 0.8 9.0 34% .240 1.01 3.37 2.48 104 3.96 87.5 0.9
2017 WAS MLB 51 0 44.3 2 4 0 53 13 39 10 98 10.8 2.6 2.0 7.9 34% .326 1.49 5.29 5.68 109 5.32 113.3 -0.1
2008 TOT MLB 33 33 197.7 9 12 0 211 66 111 22 96 9.6 3.0 1.0 5.1 46% .290 1.40 4.52 4.69 107 5.14 109.6 0.9
2012 TOT MLB 31 30 191.0 10 13 0 207 34 166 29 97 9.8 1.6 1.4 7.8 46% .310 1.26 3.94 4.71 85 3.08 70.7 4.7
2015 TOT MLB 36 4 76.0 7 2 2 69 16 79 7 99 8.2 1.9 0.8 9.4 50% .301 1.12 2.91 2.84 91 3.61 84.3 1.1
CareerMLB4272521767.710197218964671284223969.72.41.16.545%.3031.344.184.38984.3494.521.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2002 VAN A- NWN 4 2 14.3 1 1 0 11 2 15 0 6.9 1.3 0.0 9.4 0% .306 0.91 1.62 3.15 0 0.00 0.0
2002 MOD A+ CLF 2 1 6.0 0 1 0 8 6 6 1 12.0 9.0 1.5 9.0 0% .350 2.33 6.80 7.50 0 0.00 0.0
2003 KNC A MDW 21 21 133.0 8 7 0 110 19 144 6 7.4 1.3 0.4 9.7 0% .291 0.97 2.12 2.57 0 0.00 0.0
2003 MID AA TXS 7 5 35.7 3 1 1 21 7 30 1 5.3 1.8 0.3 7.6 0% .220 0.78 2.68 1.26 0 0.00 0.0
2004 OAK MLB AL 3 0 8.0 0 0 0 6 2 6 1 104 6.8 2.3 1.1 6.8 41% .238 1.00 4.03 5.63 101 4.95 102.1
2004 SAC AAA PCL 28 26 176.3 11 8 0 199 34 143 13 10.2 1.7 0.7 7.3 0% .332 1.32 3.52 4.19 0 0.00 0.0
2005 OAK MLB AL 33 33 201.3 12 12 0 178 67 116 23 97 8.0 3.0 1.0 5.2 45% .248 1.22 4.45 3.53 104 4.52 97.3
2006 OAK MLB AL 32 31 194.3 16 12 0 241 58 107 17 99 11.2 2.7 0.8 5.0 44% .335 1.54 4.19 4.82 102 5.46 111.3
2007 OAK MLB AL 34 34 230.0 14 10 0 240 40 140 16 93 9.4 1.6 0.6 5.5 49% .299 1.22 3.56 3.95 86 3.36 69.5
2008 OAK MLB AL 20 20 127.0 5 12 0 145 35 62 12 96 10.3 2.5 0.9 4.4 47% .302 1.42 4.26 4.96 104 4.97 106.1
2008 PHI MLB NL 13 13 70.7 4 0 0 66 31 49 10 97 8.4 3.9 1.3 6.2 42% .264 1.37 4.99 4.20 111 5.43 115.9
2009 PHI MLB NL 31 31 195.3 12 8 0 198 59 163 30 95 9.1 2.7 1.4 7.5 42% .291 1.32 4.41 4.05 96 3.91 83.8
2010 PHI MLB NL 29 28 175.7 9 6 0 206 43 134 27 93 10.6 2.2 1.4 6.9 43% .321 1.42 4.35 4.82 101 4.83 109.2
2010 LWD A SAL 1 1 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 80 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 100% .000 0.00 1.52 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2010 REA AA EAS 2 2 8.0 0 1 0 9 2 5 2 116 10.1 2.3 2.3 5.6 48% .240 1.38 6.10 5.63 0 0.00 0.0
2011 PHI MLB NL 11 8 41.3 1 2 0 52 9 35 5 91 11.3 2.0 1.1 7.6 58% .362 1.48 3.59 5.01 80 3.09 71.8
2011 LWD A SAL 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 115 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 33% .000 0.00 3.52 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2012 LAN MLB NL 10 10 57.7 2 4 0 66 16 51 7 96 10.3 2.5 1.1 8.0 49% .343 1.42 3.77 4.99 86 3.37 77.3
2012 PHI MLB NL 21 20 133.3 8 9 0 141 18 115 22 97 9.5 1.2 1.5 7.8 45% .296 1.19 4.02 4.59 85 2.96 67.8
2013 ANA MLB AL 28 20 132.7 2 14 0 180 34 108 29 97 12.2 2.3 2.0 7.3 45% .346 1.61 5.14 6.04 106 5.33 127.7
2014 SAC AAA PCL 2 2 10.7 1 0 0 13 3 10 1 108 11.0 2.5 0.8 8.4 36% .375 1.50 3.88 5.06 109 4.96 100.5
2015 KCA MLB AL 15 4 41.7 2 2 2 43 7 40 6 99 9.3 1.5 1.3 8.6 50% .311 1.20 3.55 3.89 108 4.72 110.2
2015 PIT MLB NL 21 0 34.3 5 0 0 26 9 39 1 98 6.8 2.4 0.3 10.2 50% .287 1.02 2.14 1.57 69 2.27 52.9
2015 OMA AAA PCL 7 6 39.3 3 2 0 34 10 30 7 95 7.8 2.3 1.6 6.9 43% .239 1.12 5.30 3.89 105 3.36 72.4
2016 LAN MLB NL 75 0 80.0 7 2 0 55 26 80 7 91 6.2 2.9 0.8 9.0 34% .240 1.01 3.37 2.48 104 3.96 87.5
2017 WAS MLB NL 51 0 44.3 2 4 0 53 13 39 10 98 10.8 2.6 2.0 7.9 34% .326 1.49 5.29 5.68 109 5.32 113.3
2017 HAR AA EAS 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 98 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 0% .000 0.00 -0.78 0.00 83 3.51 74.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 3112 0.4868 0.4210 0.8458 0.5769 0.2730 0.8982 0.7408 0.1542
2009 3251 0.5005 0.4233 0.8001 0.5851 0.2611 0.8750 0.6321 0.1999
2010 2723 0.5259 0.4734 0.7952 0.6145 0.3168 0.8750 0.6235 0.2048
2011 588 0.4966 0.4592 0.7741 0.6164 0.3041 0.8778 0.5667 0.2259
2012 2901 0.5022 0.4543 0.7716 0.5841 0.3234 0.8660 0.5996 0.2284
2013 2211 0.4744 0.4699 0.7786 0.6463 0.3107 0.8702 0.6066 0.2214
2015 1165 0.4378 0.4979 0.7207 0.6431 0.3847 0.8323 0.5754 0.2793
2016 1262 0.4517 0.4810 0.6903 0.6404 0.3497 0.8575 0.4380 0.3097
2017 772 0.5078 0.4896 0.7169 0.6633 0.3105 0.7885 0.5593 0.2831
Career179850.49170.45410.78280.60750.30550.86940.61870.2172

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-05-16 2011-09-04 60-DL 111 96 Right Elbow Impingement -
2011-04-24 2011-05-09 15-DL 15 13 Right Elbow Impingement -
2010-03-26 2010-05-03 15-DL 38 24 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 WAS $4,000,000
2016 LAN $4,000,000
2015 KCA $
2014 ANA $7,500,000
2013 ANA $6,500,000
2012 PHI $10,500,000
2011 PHI $10,500,000
2010 PHI $3,000,000
2009 PHI $5,475,000
2008 OAK $3,700,000
2007 OAK $380,000
2006 OAK $327,000
2005 OAK $316,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$56,198,500
12 yrTotal$56,198,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 158 dJeff Berry CAA1 year/$4M (2017)

Details
  • 1 year/$4M (2017). Signed by Washington as a free agent 2/28/17. $3M in salary is deferred ($1M paid in 2018, $2M paid in 2019). Performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 50, 60 innings pitched. $0.5M for 70 IP.
  • 1 year/$4M (2016). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/19/16. Performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 50, 60 innings pitched. $0.5M for 70 IP.
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 2/13/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. May opt out of contract if not on Major League roster 4/1/15. Performance bonuses: $0.15M each for 95, 110, 125 innings. $0.2M for 140, 155, 170, 185 IP. $0.25M for 200 IP. $0.15M each for 16, 18, 20 starts. $0.2M each for 22, 24, 26, 28 GS. $0.25M for 30 GS. Contract selected by Kansas City 5/16/15. DFA by Kansas City 7/28/15.
  • 2 years/$15M (2013-14), plus 2015 club option. Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 12/5/12. 13:$6.5M, 14:$7.5M, 15:$8M club option, $1M buyout. Annual performance bonus: $0.5M for 200 innings pitched. Released by LA Angels 3/26/14. Signed by Oakland as a free agent 3/31/14 (minor-league contract)
  • 3 years/$24M (2010-12). $6M signing bonus ($3M 6/15/10, $3M 10/15/10). 10:$1M, 11:$8.5M, 12:$8.5M. Re-signed by Philadelphia 1/21/10 (avoided arbitration, $10.25M-$7.5M). $0.5M in performance bonuses based on IP. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Philadelphia 8/3/12.
  • 1 year/$5.475M (2009). Re-signed 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.7M (2008). Re-signed by Oakland 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Oakland 7/17/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Renewed by Oakland 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2006). Renewed by Oakland 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.3165M (2005). Re-signed by Oakland 2/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Recalled 9/04.
  • Drafted 2002 (1-24) (Kentucky). $1.4M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 2.6 1.4 0.6 36 2 51.3 40 17 50 7 .247 1.11 3.52 3.82 5.4 0.6
80o 2.2 1.2 0.5 32 2 45.3 38 16 44 7 .261 1.20 3.93 4.26 2.7 0.3
70o 2 1.1 0.4 29 2 41.2 37 16 40 7 .271 1.26 4.23 4.58 1.0 0.1
60o 1.8 1 0.4 27 2 37.7 35 15 37 6 .280 1.32 4.49 4.86 -0.2 0.0
50o 1.6 0.9 0.3 24 1 34.6 33 14 33 6 .288 1.38 4.74 5.13 -1.1 -0.1
40o 1.4 0.8 0.3 22 1 31.5 32 13 30 6 .296 1.43 4.99 5.4 -1.9 -0.2
30o 1.3 0.7 0.2 20 1 28.3 30 13 27 5 .305 1.50 5.27 5.69 -2.6 -0.3
20o 1.1 0.6 0.2 17 1 24.6 27 12 24 5 .315 1.57 5.59 6.04 -3.1 -0.3
10o 0.8 0.5 0.1 14 1 19.7 23 10 19 4 .330 1.68 6.06 6.53 -3.5 -0.4
Weighted Mean1.60.90.324133.93214336.2861.364.705.09-1.0-0.1

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Joe Blanton's job safe ? He's been putrid.
(Pete from Chevy Chase, MD)
So you're saying a 9.90 ERA isn't good? (George Bissell)
2013-07-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)How has Bartolo Colon done what he's done? Is his jiggling almost hypnotic to hitters?
(John from Springfield)
Love that this was the first question submitted, so while I may jump around, I'm totally fine starting here. The simple answer is that he doesn't walk anybody, but as Ben and Sam on the podcast pointed out, that's not always an automatic route to success. Joe Blanton was an example. The slightly more complicated answer is that his late-career evolution has brought him overwhelmingly toward the two-seamer, which is a great pitch for him and one that routinely gets strikes.

Or maybe it is the fat. I don't know. I feel like between him and my personal favorite, the delightfully out-of-shape Hyun-Jin Ryu, we're in a decent era of fat pitchers. (Zachary Levine)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Shouldn't we be looking more at salary as a major insight into comparing how good two players are going to be? There are probably better examples, but lots of fancy peripheral stats show that Joe Blanton is better than Ryan Dempster. Yet Dempter signed for $26.5 mil./2 yrs. while Blanton only signed for $15 mil./2 yrs. Well, that's all the stats I need, right?
(John Carter from Dual: U.S.-Canadian)
Huh. That's ... actually ... very intriguing. Tango has pointed out a few times how Vegas is the best projection system. Might be some aspect of that with player salaries, if we could isolate the numbers from some of the distorting effects of timing, team need, etc. (Sam Miller)
2012-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe Blanton, really? Is Dipoto done overhauling the pitching staff or is there an Anibal Sanchez in the Angels' future?
(Mark68 from A Mile High)
Guessing a Shaun Marcum in the Angels' future. Dipoto's tastes are getting sort of predictable (in I would say a good way). (Sam Miller)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you see the Twins targeting as far starting pitchers?
(twinsfan29 from Nashville)
You're much closer to all the buzz than I am, twinsfan29!

Jerry Crasnick from ESPN heard yesterday that they're in on Joe Blanton, who would fit well at Target Field. He also mentioned the recently non-tendered Mike Pelfrey and John Lannan here: https://twitter.com/jcrasnick/status/275711755441823744. Last week, the Twins were tied to Brett Myers, who could transition back from the bullpen. If they turn to the trade market, some of the Rays starters could be in play. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the Cardinals' inevitable loss of Kyle Lohse, do you see them being active in the free agent sp market? Besides Wainwright, Shelby Miller, maybe Garcia, Carpenter and Westbrook, they are a bit light. I think Kelly or Rosenthal could replace Lynn. Thank you.
(Chopper from Indy)
Hi Chopper. I'm not sure what the Cardinals might be thinking, but if I ran things, I'd wouldn't be looking to replace Lohse's 2012 performance. Adam Wainwright should improve a year removed from surgery and Chris Carpenter should give the team more than three starts. I'd be targeting guys to slot in behind those two, guys who maybe are on level with what Lohse was when he came to St. Louis. Specifically, I'd be looking at Joe Blanton, Edwin Jackson, Shaun Marcum, and Anibal Sanchez. If I wanted to gamble, I might make a play for Scott Baker. But this all says more about my process than the Cardinals', so take it with a grain of salt. (Geoff Young)
2012-09-06 15:00:00 (link to chat)Apparently there's now a set floor in terms of payroll that all teams must meet, and as it stands, it looks like the Astros would be well under that if they stood pat this off-season. How much payroll would they have to add (roughly, given the uncertainty of the arbitration guys)? Do you see them trying to fill some holes with lower-cost signings like a Joe Blanton, or getting splashy?
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
The set "floor" is the minimum payroll with the exception of how much less a player can get in a new contract. The Astros are going incredibly skinny here, but there's nothing stopping them. I'd expect this to be a lull that's actually 3-years in the making (remember, the player payroll shedding occurred before the sale to Crane to make the sale easier on him). (Maury Brown)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on the Tigers rotation? Do you think Scherzer can repeat his 2nd half success and will Porcello take a step forward?
(MickeyRivers from NYC)
Scherzer is a buddy of mine and he is one of the hardest working pitchers in the league. His second half is for real, and the Tigers have two aces in he and Verlander. Porcello I have NEVER been high on, and I often get yelled at in chats for my belief that he will never develop into a front of the rotation hurler. I hope he does, but I just don't see it happening. I feel like Joe Blanton would look good in the Tigers rotation to add stability, but when you have pitchers like Verlander and Scherzer at the top of the rotation, you're doing well already. (Eric Seidman)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Two Questions What is the most the Phillies can get for Joe Blanton and how much of his salary can they eat? Do you think Dominic Brown will start the year in the major leagues or will the Phillies sign a veteran bat like Jermaine Dye.
(John from Philadelphia)
Dom Brown I say starts in the majors, but isn't an everyday player until the end of May. Going with a platoon of Brown/Francisco should be fine. I don't see what Jermaine Dye could provide that Ben Francisco can't, and the latter makes like $500,000. As for Blanton, the Phillies need to wait. There is no rush to trade him. Once Pavano signs, Blanton is the most attractive trade target, a 180-200 IP pitcher with a talent level in that 4.10-4.30 ERA range. If they traded him right now I would say they eat $9 of the $17 million and get prospects we never hear from again in return. Come February I would venture to guess they eat $6 million and get a couple prospects, one of whom will have some type of impact. (Eric Seidman)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think Joe Blanton could fetch the Phils back in a trade, assuming they want the salary relief (a fair bet)? Other than Grienke, what starter is being offered for trade that's better?
(lionstar1964 from Philly burbs)
Beyond Greinke, I figure you might have got a Cub on the block, although Dempster's sort of in the same territory as Blanton, and nobody's really excited and saying, "Boy, do we really need some Big Z-style excitement!" There has been some chatter that the White Sox might deal Floyd or Buehrle. Basically, everyone's shopping mid-rotation innings-munchers, to see what that gets them. If moving Blanton's salary is a pressing issue, I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Phillies get less than full value. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you foresee the Phils making a move with the eminent Werth departure, or do you think they are content with a platoon of Franciso/Brown?
(John Locke from The Island)
Content. It'll be an interesting offseason because most fans think more about runs added on offense than runs suppressed with pitching. Losing Werth will hurt, without question, but you also have to remember that they will have a full season of Oswalt instead of just 10-11 starts, and most likely a healthy Joe Blanton going into spring training, which is certainly better than relying on both Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick entering the year. Brown should be solid with regular playing time, and Francisco handles lefties very well. Their platoon won't replace Werth, but the upgrade of having a full year of Oswalt and a healthy Blanton really cuts into that deficit. Plus, it is hard to imagine the offense will be as unhealthy next year as they were this year, so the Phils are bound to get more runs back on that front as well. It is very easy to come up with reasons why they WON'T be as good next year, but I still hold they will win the division again. (Eric Seidman)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you see Latos being drafted next year in a 12-team league?
(Lane from Austin)
If he keeps it up, I think he'll be picked along with the second-tier of starters. Unlike this season, where he had an average draft position in the Joe Blanton range. I think a lot of people were surprised he was this good, but I was debating buying a Latos jersey heading into the season, so I own him on all of my teams except AL-only. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see Justin Masterson long-term? Solid starter, mediocre starter, maybe a good multiple inning reliever, or something else?
(Dennis from LA)
Mediocre starter, but that is very valuable if he can do that over 175-200 innings per year. I guess I see him as being closer to what Joe Blanton did last season than anything above that. (Eric Seidman)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's a Kyle Kendrick and should I be concerned?
(Neil from NJ)
Kendrick is a starting pitcher on the Phillies, until Joe Blanton returns, who experienced success as a rookie in 2007 but who also serves as the posterchild for why stats like SIERA are much more effective at indicating what is likely to occur in the future than ERA. Since 2007, he was prank-traded to Japan, struggled in the minors, became Roy Halladay's mentee (even growing a beard in spring training), and supposedly added a slider, changeup and cutter to his repertoire of a sinker and, well, nothing else. In his first two starts this year he looked about as effective as if Will Carroll was sent to the mound to throw eephus pitches, but he tossed an absolute gem against the Braves last night. Realistically, unless Happ or Moyer gets hurt, or Blanton suffers a setback, Kendrick is not going to stay in the rotation even if he builds on last night's outing, but even for a sinkerballer (a group that can get away without whiffing many hitters) he doesn't strike many out so the odds aren't in his favor. (Eric Seidman)
2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Biggest surprise move of the offseason?
(Tommy from Queens)
I would have to say the Phillies deciding they would rather pay Joe Blanton than Cliff Lee in 2010 was the biggest surprise of the offseason. I don't care if they needed to restock their farm system after acquiring Halladay, or that they didn't want the payroll to reach a certain point. Dealing Lee strikes me as irresponsible to a team that needed to improve to have a better chance against the AL's giants.

Keeping him also would have put them closer to guaranteeing--as much as you can guarantee something like winning a game of chance--a third straight World Series appearance. They can still get there, but having Lee makes them closer to the favorites in any matchup. (Marc Normandin)
2009-11-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)What has been the biggest difference between how you saw the WS playing out (Phils in 7) and how it's actually played out?
(jamin67038 from Wichita, KS)
A.J. Burnett pitched fantastamatically, and Cliff Lee turned into Joe Blanton last night. I've actually gotten every single game wrong, based on my pre-Series pick. Don't try this at home! (Joe Sheehan)
2009-11-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Best Tim McCarver pre-game "Key" to the game ever: Joe Blanton is "gutty." You can't make this stuff up.
(bowie from Cal)
I'm "gutty," too, but I suspect it's a different definition of the word. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-06-05 15:30:00 (link to chat)Settle a debate for us. I am Mil fan and some friends think we should start to trade prospects to take a run in the next year or two. I lean towards standing pat and to develop and draft talent and play to always be good. Then you hope a few breaks go your way to win a world series, without handcuffing yourself in the future since you are a small market team. Which model do you prefer for small market teams? Is it time for Milwaukee to go for it?
(sjstraub from nj)
It's really tough, and most people underestimate just how tough it is, to win now while simultaneously setting yourself up for the future. It seems like it SHOULD be fairly easy, but it isn't. Otherwise, more teams would be in better positions. The Brewers have a pretty good core of hitters right now but pitching is a big problem. Outside of Gallardo, you have four essentially back of the rotation guys. If they can really get a top-tier MLB player or two in return, trading some prospects would be a sound idea, ESPECIALLY given the Cubs struggles so far. You don't want to trade top prospects for Joe Blanton, like the Phillies did, but if you can get a 1A or a 2 pitcher, you kind of have to at this point. (Eric Seidman)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)So Christina, I couldn't tell from your transaction analysis, do you like Joe Blanton? Kind of ambiguous.
(Goose from Chicago)
I'll take that as semi-facetious, since I expect him to be sub-Lohse-ian in terms of value to the club down the stretch on the basis of his new home and his home/road splits with Oakland. I went into that a bit, as well as the problem that he may not simplify their picking their five starters; he gives them a starter who will take the ball every five days, but the results aren't going to be pretty, and might wind up being Eaton-level bad. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)James Simmons, anything more than a future innings eater? A new Joe Blanton?
(Doug from SD)
Yes, but that shouldn't be seen as a bad thing. Last I looked, those guys were worth $10-12 million on the open market. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you talk about the importance of tempo? Could you describe an instance where a pitcher would want to get to release point more quickly? Less quickly? Thanks!
(patrickc from NYC)
Tempo is Carlos Gomez's big thing and just basically means - in my interpretation - getting things moving as fast as you can while maintaining control. All things equal, faster is better. I don't like any pauses or balance points in the delivery since they interrupt the generation of force and the transfer through the kinetic chain. Joe Blanton to me is a bit slow, but it's not something I pay a lot of attention to. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)The run differential looks nice and all, especially compared the LAAOA's. But there seems to be an odd amount of blowout wins skewing the Pythag a bit, not to mention they have all those pitchers looking forward to increased workloads. In other words CK, do you see Beane buying or selling?
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
I think there's more work to be done on the outsized impact that blowout wins can have on a team's overall outlook. Beating the bejeezuz out of other team's 11th or 12th pitchers isn't really a skill that defines playoff teams. I think Beane's going to be flexible, willing to do both at once (perhaps similar to where the D'backs were in 2006, when they decided to keep their bid for contention alive by calling up the kids while dealing Shawn Green), depending on what people are looking for, and what they're looking to offer. If he gets a great offer on Joe Blanton, he'll listen. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)Following up on my own question... With the A's so high on the Hit List do you expect them to be buying for this year or selling for next year, and if so who goes where? Also, might they be able to do both..with chad gaudin ready to get back his spot in the rotation, they could improve their offense, and team overall, by trading (harden?) for a major league ready bat to a team starved for pitching (yankees?)
(Joe Lefko from Boonton, NJ)
Over the winter and at the outset of the year everybody thought Beane was waving the white flag on 2008 even as he restocked his team. Right now I don't think it's inconceivable that the A's could move Rich Harden or Joe Blanton and still expect to hang around the AL West and Wild Card races. They do have some pitching depth, and I'd expect that they'd get a decent return on either of those guys. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christina, Can the A's pitching keep this up? Who do you like better long-term Eveland or Smith? Would you have sent Gaudin or Duchsherer to the pen. Thanks, keep up the great work!
(Kiley from Oakland)
Smith's the safer pick, in that Eveland's weight is always going to be something people complain about until, like Rick Reuschel or Jumbo Wells, he pitches effectively for so long that people finally stop talking about it. I think it would have been unfair to Duchscherer, given that he's really worked at getting back to starting. It's a lovely problem to have, to be sure, but one that puts the A's in the interesting situation, whether or not to still mull offers for Joe Blanton while making a bid on the AL West. That said, let's face it, somebody has to shadow Harden, and Gaudin's not a bad choice. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've seen some projections that suggest it's the A's who are in the best position to take advantage of a stumble from Anahiem than the Mariners are. First, how credible is that? And second, if that is credible, how much worse does that make Bavasi's win-now plan?
(Evan from Vancouver, BC)
I don't see this at all. The A's are in full-on rebuilding mode, and behind Joe Blanton they need a lot to hope that Rich Harden, Justin Duchscherer, and Chad Gaudin are healthy. Add to that the need for sick-noters like Eric Chavez and Bobby Crosby to bounce back and I think we're at the point where it's far more likely Blanton gets shipped out at the deadline than the A's contend.

I'm not about to defend Bavasi, but I don't see the M's overtaken by Oakland this year. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Here we go again, you hating Homer Bailey again. There is no way Itrade Bailey for Joe Blanton and Homer Bailey has a world of an ability.
(Rick from Ohio)
Yes, we do. Bailey has a world of TALENT, not a world of ability. He unquestionably has talent, but he also unquestionably has not funneled that talent into results. For a Reds team that has a weak bullpen, Dusty as manager, and thinks (rightly) that they can contend in their division, Blanton is the better fit. (Will Carroll)
2008-01-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe Blanton will be pitching for ________ on August 1, 2008
(Geoff from Chicago)
I'm still going to guess that Johan goes to the Red Sox and then Blanton ends up going to the Mets. Sometimes, the simplest solution is the easiest one. (Bryan Smith)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourHere's how much I love baseball -- I will watch Derek Lowe and Joe Blanton rather than Bad Future Claire tonight. (Will Carroll)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourOk -- with Joe Blanton pitching and Kevin Youkilis playing well for the Sox, do we go back and say hey, that Moneyball guy knew a good story when he saw it? (Will Carroll)
 

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