Joe Blanton was in a groove with the Phillies. He always went out there and gave you innings, and that's what the Phillies needed. Usually a player is traded away when he doesn't perform well, and Joe was making a lot of money this year $10.5M, but had a 8-9 record for the Phils .
Blanton leads the National League with a 6.39 strikeout to walk ratio this year, and since 2008, Blanton is 4th best winning percentage after the All-star break among all Major League pitchers with a .739 or 17-6 record.
On the downside for Joe is that he's given up a lot of home runs (22) that has him tied for the National League record for pitchers. Joe's ERA isn't the best either at 4.59.
Shane Victorino was happy to have Blanton on board with him on the Dodgers. He said Joe was a proven guy that can get you into the playoffs and be steady for the Dodgers, read the article on Victorino welcoming Joe here in the LA Times.