2012 Game Recaps

Blanton Spares ‘Pen, Throws CG 4-0 Shut Out

Blanton threw a masterful complete game shutout to lead the Phils to a 4-0 win in Atlanta. Photo (AP)

Joe Blanton was masterful today, throwing a complete game 3-hitter with 6 Ks and no walks as the Phillies rolled to a 4-0 in a game that was under 2 hours. Blanton’s performance was much needed as the Phils had run through their entire ‘pen in last night’s extra inning affair. It took Blanton just 88 pitches to retire 2 batters over the minimum. Blanton was able to lower his ERA to 2.83.  If this is what we can expect from Blanton for the rest of the year, look out NL East.

Series Win on the Road

With the win, the Phils improve their road record to a solid 8-8 and won the series against Atlanta.

Bats Stay Warm to Support Kentucky Joe

The Fightins struck early, scoring on a Hunter Pence sac fly in the top of the first. Laynce Nix added a solo shot in the top of the 7th and the Flyin’ Hawaiian hit a two run shot to put it out of reach for good.

First Base Platoon Continues Their Succes

Nix went 2-3 at first base today with a solo HR and a single. Ty Wigginton went 0-4 at third. But the two combined are doing more than their first share to keep the first base platoon afloat.

The Phillies head to Washington to start the Take Back the Park series with the Nationals tomorrow. To read more about that promotion, check out our original coverage of the event.

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  1. DCmikey

    May 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Yes Joey Yes!!!! Way to step up!

  2. Brooks

    May 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I never saw Joe throw like that before. Never!
    No comparisons here but the Braves had a pitcher once who used to throw games like this all the time – under 100 pitches, complete control – Greg Maddox. Like I said, no comparisons, just sayin – way to go Joe. One bad outting so far this year?
    I could have a change of heart towards him. Eh, we’ll wait on that

  3. Jeff

    May 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    We needed him to throw a cg.


    May 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Way to go Joe !!!! Nice show !!! Way to go !!!!

  5. TheDipsy

    May 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Trade him. Now!

    The Dipsy

  6. bacardipr05

    May 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Wouldnt you want to wait and see Lee pitch a game or two Dipsy before trading Blanton? You know how the Phils are good at BS-ing injury updates. A mild strain could easily turn into a broken rib with the Phils/Rube.

  7. Chuck A.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Blanton has looked good this year. Either we trade him for offense/good prospects … or…. he’s valuable to US with Lee on the DL (oblique strains are tough to reover from) and Doc struggling a bit. Personally, I would go with the latter. He could be a BIG boost to this team.

  8. Don M

    May 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I don’t know how much trading Joe Blanton for half a season will get you in return ?? Unless a team is super-desperate, I can’t imagine getting “top” prospects in a trade …. I feel like the more likely scenario is a Super-Utility guy that they feel may give them a chance to start next year …… something along the lines of Corey’s “Blanton to the Angels” preseason predictions …

    • Jeff Dowder

      May 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm


      In July 2008 Cleveland traded CC Sabathia (with a little less than three months left on his deal) to Milwaukee and received Rob Bryson, Zach Jackson and Matt LaPorta.

      In July 2009 Cleveland traded Cliff Lee (with one year + two months left on his deal) to the Phillies for Jason Knapp, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald and Lou Marson.

      In December 2009 the Phillies traded Cliff Lee (with one year left on his deal) to Seattle for J.C. Ramirez, Phillippe Aumont, and Tyson Gillies.

      In July 2010 Seattle traded Cliff Lee (with about three months left on his deal) to Texas for Matthew Lawson, Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Justin Smoak.

      Two of the best pitchers in the game being traded (and traded again in Lee’s case), and the teams that moved them received more suspects than actual prospects.

      Since we can all agree that Blanton is no Sabathia or Lee, we can probably agree that the return on Blanton will be relatively insignificant. You may get a veteran middle reliever for him.

  9. George

    May 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Amazing! Blanton pitches the best game so far this season of anyone on the team, and some people want to trade him.

    I suppose they feel comfortable with Kyle Kendrick as the number five starter, particularly since whatever second rate-player received in trade would totally save the offense, or whatever prospect they get would suddenly become a dominant major leaguer as soon as he got to Reading.

  10. betasigmadeltashag

    May 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Can I please have some of what some of you (dipsy) are smoking. Really trade Blanton. This team was built on pitching first, oh wait they need offensive help, since they over the last 6 games have scored how many runs with how many hits, and even some power. Aren’t the Braves suppose to be a pitching first team also, and the Phillies lit them up, not only the starters but the “best pen in the league” got lit up also. The philles need Big Joe you do not rade him. This offense is playing well enough and the big two are coming back in a month. It is just stupid to talk about trading Joe. You can never have enough pitching. And the Kids in the minors are not ready to step up yet. You want to have KK and some kid from reading being your 4-5 guys and what if one of the big three goes on the DL and what if Lee is not Lee for a month. Great win and great game by Joe and the offense four runs will win a lot of games for this pitching staff. So stop with the BS and enjoy a great complete game 3 hitter and just simply a dominent performace by Big Joe.

  11. Brooks

    May 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Actually I would listen to offers if the come in.
    We do need some offensive help and with Lee on the DL we do need to keep our pitching as intact as possible. I would keep ears open to see what comes up. As Jeff pointed out, you could wind up with a bunch of stiffs but if teams really want Joe, they might dangle something (under 30 years old, on the rise, with some power infielder) – I’d listen.

  12. bacardipr05

    May 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Good point Beta…I still want to see more out of Blanton not convinced yet…If he keeps up what he is been doing so far i would only trade him if we actually received a decent player in return…If one of the big 3 where to get hurt that would bump up Worley into the big 3 and KK would be no 4….Then they would either have to promote one of the kids from the minors or a has been from the minors or what Rube loves best..Pick up a has been from the waiver wire in hopes that he can capture his glory again…

  13. bacardipr05

    May 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I really dont see a huge return for Blanton. That is unless a team is real desperate…One never knows though….

  14. Nicolette

    May 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Blanton did an amazing job today! Personally, I see no reason to trade him because I think he’s valuable to the team.

  15. Lefty

    May 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I think The Dipsy’s point is that you “sell high”, and Blanton may never have higher value than right now. He pitched the best game he’s pitched in years, is having a really strong season, and his contract expires at the end of the year. These are all pluses for other teams.

    Personally, I think they should wait until they know more about Lee, but I definitely get the idea, and don’t think he’s wrong.

    A far as what he would bring, that depends on the need of the other team. If they are in desperation mode, the Phillies might get more in return. And what’s wrong with getting back prospects that may or may not pan out. They also could be late blooming stars. If you just let him walk at the end of the year, what do you get?

    • George

      May 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      “Selling high” in Blanton’s case means you get get a low level, low impact prospect to go along with the questionable one you’d normally get. People are forgetting Blanton makes a lot of money for what he sometimes does and was injured for almost the entirety of 2011. Despite today’s game, he’s just not the kind of talent teams will be desperate for.

    • Jeff Dowder

      May 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      You won’t get “prospects” for a Joe Blanton rental, and do we really want Kendrick making 25 starts this season?

      • Lefty

        May 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm

        Jeff D, You seemed very sure of that in your previous post as well. You used premier pitchers and the prospects that teams got in return for them. In each trade there were either three or four high level prospects. I agree that Blanton would not bring those kinds of multiples, but he might bring one. Toronto sure seemed interested in S.T. , and other teams will be looking. I think you might be undervaluing what a good “innings eater” can mean for some teams.

        I think being strong in your convictions is a really good trait, and you made an excellent argument above. So, no disrespect intended, but I’m just not buyin’ that the Phillies couldn’t get a single good prospect, or maybe even two middlin’ ones. Also see The Dipsy’s comment below.

    • Bruce

      May 4, 2012 at 1:14 am

      Great pitching performance by Blanton. He is really on his game so far this season. And it couldn’t come at a better time with Lee still on the DL. It also keeps Kendrick available in the bullpen . If Blanton can maintain his quality starts, he will indeed be a very valuable pitcher in rotation.

      What I find puzzling are comments suggesting a trade of Blanton for unproven “prospects”. Prospects?? One would get the impression some posters don’t care what that may do to the team’s chances for another division title THIS season. Instead they rather look to the future with hopes of receiving a prospect or two who may or may not panned out. Does that make any sense? It sound shortsighted to me.

      For me , It’s THIS season I’m focusing on. The manager will always say…”you can never have enough pitching” and Blanton is certainly needed in the rotation.

      • Lefty

        May 4, 2012 at 6:28 am

        For the record I did say that they should wait and not make any move until they know whether Lee’s health is sound. And that’s right Bruce, having a sound (financial or otherwise) plan for the future is a terrible idea, it’s shortsighted. You have got to be kidding right?!? They should just continue to take the “real shortsighted” approach and plan for this season only. Just like they have for the past 3 seasons under Ruben Amaro, which now has the team hogtied with the L.T. threshold with aging players under large contracts that no one would trade for. Why get younger when by 2015 they could stay on this one year at a time plan, and maybe catch the Yankees as highest payroll in baseball.

        I’m going to ask this question again since no one has answered it. Under the new CBA, If you let Joe Blanton walk at the end of the year, what do you get for him? I really don’t know the answer.

  16. TheDipsy

    May 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Did it ever occur to any of you geniuses that you actually package Blanton with another players or two and get a BETTER player in return? We all know what Joe Blanton is and, quite frankly, I’ll take my chances with KK as my fifth starter. Fifth starters suck anyway. The difference between Blanton and Kendrick is negligible to me…Blanton goes a little longer into cames and can’t pitch relief like Kendrick does.

    Ordinarily, I would say lets wait and build his value and wait til a team gets hard up. But with Blanton, he has just a good a chance of hurting his value. Honestly, there probably isn’t a market for Joe yet. Lets just hope he’s pitching well in July.

    The Dipsy

    • George

      May 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

      And just who would the Phils package with Blanton? They’d either be weakening the ML team (assuming anyone would want one of the huge contracts to go along with Blanton’s fairly large one) or they’d be weakening the farm system even further. Neither seems like a good option to me. The only players who’d maybe bring back your “BETTER player” would be those like Vance Worley or Trevor May.

  17. brooks

    May 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    This post should read “Blanton throws gem, saves pen..”
    Today Joe surpassed everything I had ever seen of him. And who knows? There could be more in store or we could get the 4.54 ERA all over again but this was fun, thanks Joe – and for the hit too.

  18. brooks

    May 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    This post should read “Blanton throws gem, saves pen..”
    Today Joe surpassed everything I had ever seen of him. And who knows? There could be more in store or we could get the 4.54 ERA all over again but this was fun, thanks Joe – and for the hit too. The last hit I remember seeing Joe get was the home run in game 4 of the WS in 08, remember when he said he just closed his eyes and swung

  19. Ian Riccaboni

    May 4, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Went back and watched the replay. This easily was the best pitched game by a Phillie this year. Just awesome.

  20. Don M

    May 4, 2012 at 9:26 am

    People forget that if Blanton were to be traded …. it would be at the end of July … meaning that whoever would replace him would be a starter for August and September …. and not for the playoffs

    so if you can get a player that would help you in more than 10-15 games ….I think you could make due with Kendrick taking the hill instead of Blanton there …….. That said, they won’t just trade him for no reason. But lets let it play out .. he could be the top pitcher available at the deadline, and teams in need of a 3rd or 4th starter might be breaking down the doors for ANY pitching help they can get. . . . let it play out , but the people taking a firm DON’T TRADE BLANTON stance right now are nuts …. if you can trade your #5 starter for a piece to help your team, you do it

    • Manny

      May 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Well said, Donatello!

    • Lefty

      May 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm


  21. betasigmadeltashag

    May 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    The point missing is assuming you can get something that is going to make this team better in the second half for Joe. I do not care how desperate a team is the liklyhood that you are going to get a ML ready impact player for 3 months of Joe is unlikly. If your are going to get a young everyday player that will help this team do you listen. If they Yaankees are going to give you Swisher for Joe do you think about it, You going to get Sttanton for JOe from the Marlins do you listen sure. But no team is going to dsperate enough to gove up a player that is proven Ml talent. And what happens Joe just walks at the end of the year so what, you have 10 million in cap space. Here is another idea what if Joe keeps pitching like this for a year and goes 15-6 or so with a 3.5 or under ERA, and helps win a division title would he get any respect from you trade Joe. Obviously any one should be traded if you get be better value back for them. I ll you right now you are not going to get an impact player for JOe and Polly or Joe and some minor leager that is not expected to help this team in the next few years

  22. TheDipsy

    May 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Again, let me point out that you might trade Blanton PLUS SOMETHING ELSE for something you could really use. They do allow multi player trades, ya know.

    The Dipsy

  23. betasigmadeltashag

    May 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Dipy do you have any proposed package deal where you would get an impact player that would not effect the a minor league system that has it’s best prospects at least 1 or 2 away?
    I think most of the points about trading Joe even if packaged with something would not bring back an impact player. And you would need a pitcher to fill his spot also do you want KK as your number 4 starter with Lee on the self and Doc not looking like Doc. If some team offers some ridiculus package that helps this team out that I would not be against trading him now or at the deadline. The Phillies are not going to run away with the East this year, so yes you do need five starter to get you into the playoffs.

  24. bacardipr05

    May 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    The only thing the Phils have or worth to trade is one of the “baby aces” and possibly Valle.

  25. Chuck A.

    May 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I think Joe Blanton wins the Cy Young…

  26. TheDipsy

    May 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I think that Blanton and Dom Brown can get you a nice player. I am not concerned about missing out on the upside of Dom Brown anymore.

    The Dipsy

    • GM

      May 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Brown’s trade value has never been lower. Assuming that Utley & Howard return this year, I’m not sure how Brown + Blanton could be traded to improve the team.

    • George

      May 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Brown is struggling in AAA and struggled in AAA last year, too. Also, he can’t field. How many impact players will that get you?

      I’m not saying you don’t listen to trade proposals, but I suspect that you’re not going to hear much.

  27. TheDipsy

    May 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Well, lemme explain it to you then. If Utley comes back (doubtful) and when Howard comes back, LF will still be a hole. You could trade Blanton and Brown to shore up that spot.

    The Dipsy

    • George

      May 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      No, let me explain it to you. Ever hear of a fool’s paradise?

    • EricL

      May 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Dip, Utley is on track to return somtime in July, if Amaro is to be believed and he’ll rejoin the Phillies in another week or so prior to heading to Clearwater.

      I don’t know where you get this notion that it’s doubtful he returns when he’s dealing with the same thing he dealt with last season and successfully came back from.

  28. betasigmadeltashag

    May 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    With Wiggington and Nix hitting pretty well, I know their career stats say they will fall back a little bit, but I do not see LF as a hole right now. Again to my first point, this team is built on pitching and Blanton has pitched well, and with the exception of when he was hurt was a very good 4-5 pitcher that got wins and throws innings. I just see the need to trade him for trading sake, if he goes you will need to get a pitcher and a guy you think may help this team this year. I do not see that happening unless you risk more damage to the minor league system. I know it is Cliche but you can never have enough pitching especially with how this offense that is and has been very streaky. Give it a break and enjoy the job big Joe has done this year. And celebrate it not try and create something that is not going to happen. You ae not going to get david Wright for Blanton and Dom or Blanton and Valle or one of the young arms. I will never understand how a guy can go out and pitch the game of his life save the bull pen and get a series win on the road, and then otherwise smart fans say trade him is value is high.

    • Bruce

      May 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      I agreed wholeheartedly, betasigmadeltashag. One or two posters commented that Blanton should be traded for “prospects”. Just prospects! Never mind, this season; downsize the budget and build for the future they say. I say it’s being shortsighted by overlooking the consequence of a “Blanton for prospects” trade and that would kill the team’s FUTURE chances for THIS season’s playoffs.

      If they were talking about aquiring a “impact” player for THIS season via a Blanton trade (which sounds like baseball fantasy), then that idea make more sense to me.

      It’s more realistic to think that Blanton could concieivably have a career year that helps the Phillies win anothet division. Blanton has never looked better than now. In five starts this season, Blanton has a 2.62 ERA with 21 strikeouts against 3 walks. And some posters want to trade Blanton for just “prospects”. Wow!

      • Bruce

        May 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        Sorry for mistyping a few words. Speed typing does not help. 🙂

        By the way, it’s a sad day for all baseball fans like myself to hear/read that future HOF great, Mo Rivera is likely gone for the season and possibly the end of his glorious career with a knee tear (ACL). 🙁

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