Blanton is regaining form lately
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Joe Blanton has had an up and down year so far, and the reason the Phillies wanted to shop him in the off season is because of this inconsistency. Blanton isn't in the league of the other pitchers on the rotation, but he gives you innings and that's what the Phillies need. Every team doesn't have a whole rotation of pitchers that are Cy Young candidates, that is what makes a baseball team.
The Phils won a good battle last night in Atlanta. I was really impressed with Ryan Howard's play on the field. He is morphing into an all around player who is starting to really make a difference, not only just in the home runs that he hits but his hustle all around.
Today it's Blanton (1-1 with a 5.83 ERA) vs. a red hot Jair Jurrigens who is 4-0 on the season with a 1.50 ERA. 1:10 PM start in Atlanta this afternoon.
This is the 10th time that Blanton has faced the Braves since he came to the Phillies. The last time Blanton faced the Braves was 5/30/10, he got the loss in that one.