Joe Blanton RP LAD 1 week ago

Blanton earned his first win of the year against Atlanta on Wednesday, allowing a walk and no runs in one inning of work.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Wednesday's win brings Blanton's record to a deceptive 1-1. He has had a solid year so far, with his only loss and only earned run coming on a solo home run on Apr. 6. His 1.50 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 5.1 K/BB are respectable, but his lack of holds and saves limit his fantasy value in many leagues.

Joe Blanton RP LAD 1 month ago

Blanton is not being considered as an option to stretch out for the back of the Dodgers' rotation, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With a slew of injuries this spring, including an oblique strain for Michael Bolsinger most recently, the Dodgers are looking at Carlos Frias, Zach Lee, and Brandon Beachy as potential replacements if Bolsinger is unable to avoid the disabled list when the regular season begins.

Joe Blanton RP LAD 3 months ago

Blanton and the Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract, Yahoo's Jeff Passan reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Following a string of disappointing seasons as a starter, the 35-year-old Blanton reinvented himself as an effective reliever last season, posting a 2.84 ERA, 9.4 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 over 76 innings and 36 appearances (four starts). He'll likely serve as a middle/long reliever, with the potential to provide rotation depth if the Dodgers are hit hard by injuries.

Joe Blanton RP LAD 10 months ago

Blanton will start against the Blue Jays on Saturday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

With Yordano Ventura (arm) ready to return from the disabled list, Blanton will still be booted from the rotation. He's just getting an extra start because the Royals were rained out Monday night.

Joe Blanton RP LAD 10 months ago

Blanton fell to 2-1 after allowing five runs on five hits and four walks over just 2.2 innings Monday against Kansas City.

Blanton's control abandoned him, as he threw just four more strikes (39) than balls (35). Blanton had been stellar in a pair of starts but is also still stretching out his arm to accommodate the starting role, and it's unclear if he still has the stuff to regularly retire MLB hitters. Blanton had a 6.04 ERA in 132.2 innings in his last MLB stint in 2013, so he'll have to prove his first two starts weren't the flukes.

Joe Blanton RP LAD 10 months ago

Blanton may receive another start early next week, manager Ned Yost told Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

After two straight impressive outings, Blanton may have earned himself another turn in the rotation. That said, Jason Vargas and Yordano Ventura's statuses early next week could ultimately dictate whether Blanton will make another start in the near future.

Joe Blanton RP LAD 10 months ago

Blanton moved to 2-0 with another gem Monday against Seattle, as he allowed just one run on two hits and no walks over six innings with seven strikeouts.

Blanton threw only 80 pitches Monday as he is still stretching out after opening the season in the bullpen. Early returns in the rotation have been great for the new-look Blanton, as he has 11 strikeouts in as many innings without a walk and just two runs allowed. Blanton was solid across the board Monday night too -- 10 swinging strikes and five ground balls to go with the shiny line score.

Joe Blanton RP LAD 10 months ago

Blanton (1-0) held the Brewers to one run on five hits while striking out four in Wednesday's 10-2 victory.

This successful debut in the rotation for Blanton carries forth what's been a solid (if small-sample) run out of the Royals' bullpen. With Jason Vargas injured, Blanton will get a chance to show this wasn't a fluke Monday against the Mariners.

Joe Blanton RP LAD 11 months ago

Blanton will start Wednesday's game against Milwaukee, Jeff Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

A rain-out Sunday forced the Royals to make some adjustments, and Blanton will now throw Wednesday, rather than Tuesday, as originally planned. Chris Young will get the start Tuesday, followed by Blanton on Wednesday, Jeremy Guthrie on Thursday and Yordano Ventura on Friday.

Joe Blanton RP LAD 11 months ago

Blanton will have his scheduled start Tuesday in Milwaukee skipped, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Blanton was a last-minute addition to the rotation following a sudden rush of injuries, but since Sunday's game was rained out, Chris Young will take his spot in the rotation Tuesday, while Edinson Volquez will remain Monday's starter. With Jason Vargas (hip) on the DL and Yordano Ventura's (hand) next start up in the air, Blanton may still need to be used as a starter later in the week. His role will likely depend on how these injuries play out, in addition to the projected return of left-hander Danny Duffy (shoulder).