Joe Blanton RP LAD 5 months ago
Blanton has posted a 1.17 ERA in 23 innings since the end of July and continues to function as the team's top setup man.
Blanton has been good all year, but great lately. With a 2.34 ERA and 27 holds in 77 innings, his one-year, $4 million deal has been a bargain for the Dodgers.
Joe Blanton RP LAD 6 months ago
Blanton (personal) was reinstated from the bereavement list Friday, David Vassegh of 570 AM Los Angeles reports.
Luis Avilan was optioned to make room on the roster. The 35-year-old Blanton has been a valuable source of holds over the past two and a half months, as he's racked up 17 holds since the calendar turned to June, and he's even had value in deep standard-scoring formats as a ratios play.
Joe Blanton RP LAD 7 months ago
Blanton has been placed on the bereavement list, Jack Baer of MLB.com reports.
Blanton will be replaced on the roster by Josh Ravin. Players on the bereavement list must miss at least three games and no more than seven games, so Blanton will return to the Dodgers sometime between August 12 against Pittsburgh and August 17 against Philadelphia.
Joe Blanton RP LAD 8 months ago
Blanton tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.
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 9 months ago
Blanton has a 2.81 ERA and 0.78 WHIP after pitching 25.2 innings.
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 10 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.
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 11 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.
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 1 year ago
Blanton and the Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract, Yahoo's Jeff Passan reports.
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 2 years 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 2 years 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.