Joe Blanton
RP LAD
2 weeks ago

Blanton tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

Blanton now appears to be Kenley Jansen's top setup man. He's carrying a 2.22 ERA and 0.78 WHIP with a 46:13 K:BB in 44.2 innings.

Joe Blanton
RP LAD
2 months ago

Blanton has a 2.81 ERA and 0.78 WHIP after pitching 25.2 innings.

EDGE Analysis

The 35-year-old righty has become the most used pitcher in the Dodgers' bullpen, and rightfully so, as he's posting some of the best numbers of his career. His K/9 rate is currently 9.12, blowing his career average of 6.42 out of the water, and at 91.1 miles per hour, his fastball is the fastest it's ever been. While his 4.11 ERA for the month of May makes it look like his performance is trending downwards, this is almost entirely coming from two rough outings where he gave up six runs in two innings. Apart from those two games, Blanton has given up only two runs across 23.2 innings in 2016.

Joe Blanton
RP LAD
3 months ago

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

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
4 months ago

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

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
6 months ago

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

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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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.