Archive for the ‘Joe Blanton’ Category

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros

Joe Blanton is not off to a good start to his Los Angeles Angels career. Most of that stems directly from the fact that, well, Joe Blanton isn’t an especially good pitcher. He’s serviceable, or was, before the start of 2013. In his eight starts for the Halos, Blanton has been very bad.

He was especially bad last night. He was quintessentially 2013 Joe Blanton bad. He didn’t give up a home run, which tends to be a Joe Blanton calling card. He did, however, surrender 12 hits in 4.2 innings, allowing seven runs. He didn’t walk anyone, because he’s Joe Blanton. He did, however, strikeout seven hitters. Which is weird. But still: bad.

As a struggling pitcher, Joe Blanton is prone to expressions of frustration on the hill. The more you struggle, the more frustrated he grows. Over and over, the cycle repeats.

What remains is a series of images, lovingly curated below, of Joe Blanton looking exasperated. Enjoy, non-Angels fans.

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Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

April is cold. We have rainouts and snowouts to prove it. Velocity and temperature are related. We have Mike Fast pointing to August as the velocity peak to prove it.

That said, April velocity loss is interesting to us. Velocity stabilizes very quickly, and the difference between April and August is on the order of a half mile per hour — some hurlers have lost more than that delta and aren’t getting it all back.

And now Bill Petti is adding two asterisks to April velocity loss that makes it even worse. Here they are:

Pitchers who are down at least 1 mph compared to April of the previous year will go on to finish the season down at least 1 mph about 38% of the time.

Pitchers that were down at least 1 mph in April had an arm injury rate of 11%. Compared to 4% for non-velocity decliners, that’s an increased likelihood of 2.6.

So, to recap: pitchers with April velocity loss are very likely to continue showing velocity that’s lower than they showed the year before, slightly likely to have the same or worse velocity loss all year, and slightly more likely to get injured. All of this sounds very relevant to fantasy owners.

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Texas Rangers v Kansas City Royals

You’ll see many decent analysts trot out the strikeout-to-walk ratio, and it’s a fine number. Strikeout three for every walk and you’re be valuable, no matter what. But we’re always trying to shave the margins in fantasy baseball, and one margin comes with that mathematical sign: don’t divide strikeouts by walks… subtract walks from strikeouts.

It’s as easy as an exercise in hypotheticals. Suppose you have two pitchers that strikeout three for every walk. One of them strikes out a third of the batters he sees and walks eleven percent. The other strikes out eighteen percent of the batters he sees, and walks six percent. You already know which one you want in fantasy, and it’s true in real life, too: the one with the elite strikeout rate is the one you want.

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Joe Blanton is a pretty good baseball player, on the balance. He has added between 10 and 20 Wins Above Replacement for his career, depending on your WAR variant of choice. He started more than 225 games and earned more than $34 million dollars. He had some great seasons with the A’s back in the day but is now just about (or below) league average.

Joe Blanton took the hill for the Dodgers in San Francisco last night, picking up teammate and staff ace Clayton Kershaw who was unable to start due to a hip strain. It was a big game for the Dodgers and, while he didn’t pitch poorly, Blanton gave up four runs and LA lost. C’est la vie.

One of the runs Joe Blanton surrendered came courtesy of a home run by Giants catcher Buster Posey. Posey is putting together a tremendous season, one that will earn him serious MVP consideration. In addition to the big sixth inning home run to center, Blanton struck Posey out in the first and allowed a soft single to right in the third.

This is noteworthy because Joe Blanton made one mistake to Buster Posey. One pitch you could consider “bad”, and Posey hit it a mile. Being a Major League Baseball player is really hard.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired starting pitcher Joe Blanton from the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later or cash.

Blanton, who was thought to be on his way to the Orioles on trade deadline day, will likely become the Dodgers fifth man in their roation behind Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano.

On the season, the right-hander has a 4.59 ERA, 3.98 FIP and 3.39 xFIP in 20 starts. Blanton has been known for posting better numbers later into the season, owning a 31-12 record combined in August and September. Blanton’s 22 home runs allowed are the most by any pitcher in the National League.

Pitching at Dodger Stadium should help him keep the ball in the park more often than he did at Citizens Bank Park.