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Philadelphia movers vie for the chance to haul Blanton’s ERA cross country

The Phillies acquired 27-year-old right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton from the A’s for Josh Outman, Matthew Spencer and Adrian Cardenas. This article suggests that Blanton could take Eaton’s spot in the rotation with Eaton going to the pen.

Blanton has had a weak season pitching in a great pitcher’s park so far in 2008. He’s thrown to a 4.96 ERA with a 1.47 ratio. Righties are pounding him this year, on-basing .382 against him with a .496 slugging percentage. He has curiously shut down lefties, they’re on-basing .285 with a .384 slugging percentage.

Blanton has pitched for Oakland his entire career and has a 4.78 ERA with 1.43 ratio in the 60 games he has appeared in away from home.

On the plus side, Blanton is a highly-touted former first round pick that the A’s took with the 26th pick of the 2002 draft. He won’t turn 28 until December and has already put up two outstanding seasons, one in 2005 and one in 2007, in which he threw to an ERA under four with a 1.22 ratio. In 2005, at age 24, he threw 201 1/3 innings and was arguably the best starter in an Oakland rotation that saw Rich Harden, Barry Zito (the old Barry Zito) and Dan Haren all get at least 19 starts. Harden was better than him, but Blanton made 14 more starts and threw 73 more innings.

Back on the stuff to worry about front, here’s what right-handed batters have done against him over the past four seasons, remembering that 2005 and 2007 were the seasons he was really good:


Year

AVG

OBP

SLG
2005 246 316 437
2006 304 353 453
2007 248 275 372
2008 328 382 496

I don’t understand why those numbers would fluctuate so badly. Where they are right now is just bad, and moving to Citizens Bank Park doesn’t seem likely to be the cure. Blanton has been solid against lefties for a while now — they hit 291/328/386 against him in ’07 and 247/285/384 against him so far this season.

Overall, if forced to vote thumbs up or thumbs down on the deal for the Phils I would go thumbs up, simply because of the outstanding seasons from Blanton in the past, the Phillies’ current needs and the chance to keep him through 2010. I’m all for the Phillies trying to win right now and this is a right now move. I don’t have a problem with the Phillies trading Outman and Cardenas for the best pitcher they can get, but I’m a little surprised that the best pitcher they could get was a guy with a five ERA in Oakland. I think Oakland more clearly made a good deal than the Phillies did — I see it as riskier for the Phils but a risk worth taking if you are trying to win right now.

It does ensure that there is more Brett Myers to the pen talk coming. Hopefully the Phillies squash it quickly.

Finally, it’s hard not to consider this deal in the context of Kyle Lohse. If the Phillies had an opportunity to sign Lohse at $4.25 million this season and did not do it and instead had to trade away Outman and Cardenas to get Blanton they made a mistake. I don’t think there’s any argument that right now you’d rather have Lohse, Cardenas, Outman and Spencer instead of Blanton for the next two and a half seasons even given that you would have to pay Lohse more than you’ll have to pay Blanton in 2008.

The Phils are back in action tonight, tied with the Mets for first place in the NL East. Jamie Moyer (8-6, 3.95) faces righty Ricky Nolasco (10-4, 3.70) in Florida. Nolasco has allowed two or fewer runs in four consecutive starts, throwing to a 1.86 ERA his last four times out. The Marlins have won seven straight games that he has started. Over his last seven starts he hasn’t walked more than one hitter in any appearance. Right-handed batters have hit two home runs against him this season. Moyer hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his last seven starts, but the Phils are just 1-4 in his last five times out. Righties are hitting .308 against him for the year compared to just .208 for lefties. In his nine starts away from Citizens Bank Park he has thrown to a 3.13 ERA.


The kids are all over the place

The Phils young guns got hammered by the Pirates yesterday as the team fell to the Pirates, 11-6. With the loss they fall to 1-1 in spring training action. Savery and Outman both got hit hard. Savery started the fourth with a 5-1 lead and allowed five runs in the inning, including a three-run home run to Nate McLouth. Outman, who unlike Savery is thought by many to be a legitimate candidate make an impact with the Phillies on the field this year, was charged with four runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Kendrick allowed a run on a solo homer over three innings. Rosario allowed a run on a hit and two walks over two innings. Early results on Rule 5 pick Lincoln Holdzkom are in and they strongly suggest you seek cover. Holdzkom wasn’t charged with a run in his 1 1/3 innings, but he walked three, hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch.

Howard put the Phils up 5-1 with a three-run homer in the third. Feliz had two more hits, 2-for-3 with another double. Bruntlett saw some time defensively in center. He was 1-for-2 with a triple and an RBI in the game.

The Phils play the Pirates again this afternoon.

In the unlikely event you were wondering, the lone intentional walk that Chase Utley received in 2007 came against the Braves on September 4. Ruiz led off the second with a home run off of righty Buddy Carlyle to put the Phils up 3-0. Lohse popped out for the first out before J-Roll doubled, bringing up Utley, who was in the two-hole that day in front of Burrell. Carlyle walked him intentionally to set up the double-play, but Burrell popped to short for the second out. Howard drew a walk to load the bases, but Rowand struck out behind him to turn the Phils away.

So it worked.

Hamels and Kendrick are going to have to come up with some kind of agreement around the use of the expression “for myself” in interviews.

This suggests the Mets, Cardinals and Orioles may have interest in Kyle Lohse.


Guess who’s coming to Spring Training?

The Phillies have invited 19 non-roster players to Spring Training, including Joe Savery, Josh Outman, Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson, Greg Golson and Val Pascucci.

Barring an injury, I don’t think any of the position players among the non-roster invitees have much of a chance. The pitching is a different story and it seems possible that Outman or his fellow non-roster invitees, including Vic Darensbourg, Gary Knotts and Brian Mazone, would have an opportunity to pitch themselves into the mix.

The article linked above also says that the Phils have agreed on a 2008 contract with Pete LaForest.

The IronPigs will play their first game in their new stadium against the Phillies on March 30.

Some of the early reviews on Ed Wade’s job in Houston are kind of brutal.

Matt Wise signed with the Mets.

Ryan Howard and Jared are apparently a good combination for Subway.

This article suggests that Dallas McPhearson and the Giants are not close to a deal.

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