I think its pretty safe to say that the 2011 MLB season is off to a good start for the Phils. Since we last met, Roy Halladay clocked in another complete game with one intense performance against Jayson Werth and the Washington Nationals. Cliff Lee delivered a beaut the following night by shutting out the Nats and only allowing three hits, one walk and 12 K’s. Things looked a little less spectacular on opening night of the Phillies/Marlins series at CBP on Friday night, falling 4-3 to the Marlins with Roy Oswalt leaving the game early with back spasms. Hamels took to the mound on Sunday, a day after his scheduled start against the Marlins because of a postponed due to rain game and went 7 innings, allowing only two runs. The Phils would end up winning 3-2, with Madson earning the win.
As I sit down to bang this out for you, our phaithful readers, the 10-4 Fightins are preparing to start a homestand against the 7-8 Milwaukee Brewers… with Big Joe on the mound tonight. As my friend Kornhole said to me earlier, it may not be the best night for Blanton to start; it IS dollar dog night after all (ok, ok… no more weight jokes Joe! I’m sorry).
Whatever your moniker of choice is for the undoubtedly talent ridden Phillies pitching rotation is, unless its “Big Joe and the Terror Squad”, odds are you aren’t including Blanton. I thought working alongside Halladay/Lee/Oswalt/Hamels would help Joe to become a more focused, disciplined player; Starting out tonight with an ERA of 10.45 is not exactly the way I thought Blanton would start the season. From what I’m gathering, I don’t think many fans thought this would be the case either.
But it’s almost painful to watch what could easily be another teams 2 or 3 starter getting shelled over and over. … OK, it’s ridiculously painful. Whatever the problem is (or whatever problem he wants to blame it on) Blanton, the terror squad - er, I mean,R2C2, or maybe I simply mean his teammates – and Rich Dubee need to address it, correct it and forget about it… its still early enough in the season. And I am hoping that this will have happened by the time you are reading this, friends.
Let me know what you think! Email and comments are always appreciated. Except when asking for nude pics, jerks. That’s NOT gonna happen… unless you have Jayson Werth money to spend… Juuuuuuuuust kidding!!!