Saturday, July 18, 2009

Phillies look to keep frying fish in Florida

 

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The Phils are looking to keep the good vibes going down in Florida all weekend long as Joe Blanton returns to the mound for the first time since the All Star Break:

Here’s some info from the Phillies Press Notes on tonight’s matchup

 

TONIGHT’S STARTER – JOE BLANTON vs Josh Johnson
                       W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR  BB  SO
2008 A’s:         5-12 4.96 20 20 0 0 127.0 145 74 70 12 35 62
2008 PHILLIES: 4-0 4.20 13 13 0 0 70.2 66 36 33 10 31 49
2009 PHILLIES: 6-4 4.44 17 17 0 0 103.1 109 51 51 19 33 91
CAREER:          57-50 4.27 152 148 6 2 934.2 985 469 443 98 266 571

Last start – 7/10 vs PIT: W, 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, HR (Jones), 1 BB, 6 SO, WP, HB

(Blanton vs Duke)… Phillies won, 3-2… Struck out the first two batters
swinging before allowing a solo HR to Jones… Blanton retired 21 of the 26 batters he faced after the home run, including eight of his final nine… Faced
four batters or fewer in each inning except for the 3rd… Blanton left with 1 out in the 8th with the Phils ahead, 3-1… Threw 103 pitches, 71 strikes.

 

 Leads the Phillies rotation in innings (103.1), strikeouts (91) and quality starts (10)
 Is 2-0, 0.61 ERA (1 ER, 14.2 IP), 4 BB, 11 SO, .163 (8-49) opp. average in his last two starts… His 0.61 ERA is 3rd-best among NL starters (since 7/5)
 Since May 26, Blanton is 4-1, 2.44 ERA (16 ER, 59.0 IP)… His 2.44 ERA ranks 6th–best among NL starters in that span
 Has allowed 3 ER or fewer in 8 of his last 9 starts (2.44 ERA, 16 ER, 59.0 IP)… Allowed 4 ER or more in 5 of his first 8 (7.11 ERA, 35 ER, 44.1 IP)
 10 of his 17 starts have been quality starts, including eight of his last 10 outings
 Has pitched 6.0 or more innings in 12 of his 17 starts… 7.0 or more innings in 7 of the 17
 Has struck out 10 or more batters 3 times for his career… Two have come this season: a career-high 11 SO, 5/26 vs FLA and 10 SO, 6/24 at TB
 His loss on 6/24 at TB was his first defeat since 5/9 vs ATL… Had won his 3 previous decisions
 Pitched 7.0 scoreless innings, 5/26 vs FLA, his first scoreless outing since, 8/8/08 vs PIT
 Pitched a season-high 8.0 innings, 5/9 vs ATL… The first time he went 8.0 innings since, 4/16/08
 Won his 1st start of the season, 5/4 at STL… Allowed a 1 ER in that start
 Lost his first start as a Phillie, 4/16 at WSH… His first loss since, 7/9/08 vs SEA (a span of 17 starts including the postseason)
 Hitting .038 (1-26), 5 SH this season

On the road…
 3-2, 4.21 ERA (22 ER, 47.0 IP) in 8 starts this season… Phils are 4-4
 Posting a 3.24 ERA (9 ER, 25.0 IP) over his last 4 starts on the road
 Has pitched 6.0 or more innings in 6 of his 8 road starts this season (Has 5 quality starts in that span)
Career…
 The Phillies are 18-12 (.600) in Blanton’s 30 career starts with Philadelphia
 Opponents have only stolen 6 bases against him since the beginning of the 2008 season ( 301.0 innings, 50 starts)
 Has gone 25-14, 4.08 ERA (163 ER, 359.2 IP) in 61 games (57 starts) for his career after the All-Star break
 Is 8-3, 4.53 ERA (58 ER, 115.1 IP) in 20 career starts against NL East teams
 Hitting .058 (3-52), RBI, 14 SH, SF for his career.

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