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Ben and Sam discuss whether we should care about pitch counts in no-hitters, then talk about the gap between Joe Blanton's actual and estimated ERA.

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When pitching staffs did everything right but still allowed lots of runs.

On Monday, against the Royals, the Angels got blown out. Wasn’t even close. A walloping, beat at every facet of the game, no drama whatsoever. Just check out the pitching line:

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December 6, 2012 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Angels Add an Ordinary Joe

6

R.J. Anderson

The Rockies re-up Jeff Francis, the Cubs get Nate Schierholtz, and Joe Blanton joins the Angels.

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August 3, 2012 5:40 pm

Transaction Analysis: Dodgers Trade for Blanton

9

Sam Miller

The Dodgers trade for Phillies starter Joe Blanton.

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Ben and Sam discuss the fallout from the Ryan Dempster debacle and a fascinating factoid about the Phillies' staff.

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On Sunday, Joe Blanton and Daniel Bard continued to test the extremes of missing and finding the strike zone, respectively.

Daniel Bard has the second-highest walk rate in the American League. Joe Blanton has the fourth-lowest walk rate in the National League. Both of them pitched yesterday, and both of them found the strike zone about as often as expected. Here's what that looked like, courtesy of Brooks Baseball's pitch plots:

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May 30, 2012 9:07 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 30

2

Matthew Kory

There are signs of life in the AL West.

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May 17, 2012 3:00 am

The Process: Fixing the Phillies

49

Bradley Ankrom

Are the Phillies doomed to enter a lengthy period of losing, or can they make a quick return to the top by selling their expiring assets now?

As Ben Lindbergh noted in April, the Phillies have maintained one of baseball’s oldest rosters in recent years, and 2012 has proven to be more of the same. The only everyday players on the roster born in the 1980s are Freddy Galvis, Hunter Pence, and Shane Victorino, and Galvis wouldn’t be playing regularly if 33-year-old second baseman Chase Utley were healthy.

Percentage of Plate Appearances by Age Group

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May 4, 2012 8:49 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 4

5

Matthew Kory

The Rays win a lot, is what we're saying.

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December 20, 2010 9:00 am

Ahead in the Count: A Pitch for Joe Blanton

14

Matt Swartz

Is the Phillies' right-hander an undervalued commodity?

From the ashes of the Tweet-pocalypse of rumors that culminated in Cliff Lee’s surprise five-year deal with the Phillies, there arose another batch of rumors about how the Phillies would make room for Lee’s salary. The Phillies are now committed to spend about $163 million in 2011 based on their current roster, which is $21 million more than they spent in 2010. The Phillies have made it known that they are trying to move salary to make this work, and it is no secret that they are trying to move Joe Blanton.

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October 21, 2010 8:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Four

8

Ben Lindbergh

The Giants outexecute and outmanage the Phillies in a nailbiter.

Well, that was fun. After a back-and-forth affair that took nearly four hours to christen a winner, the reputedly invincible Phillies find themselves one Giants win away from reserving tee times (or studying agriculture, or however players spend their off months these days) after a 6-5 loss in Game Four of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday night. In the first game of the series that didn’t feature a standout pitching performance, the Phillies’ bats didn’t roll over and play dead as they had in their previous losses, but their owners were left holding the short ends of the lumber nonetheless. What’s more, the victorious manager had a better game than his counterpart, and received a resounding assist from his most talented position player. However, before we can recount out how it all unfolded, we should rewind a few hours.

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March 10, 2010 12:07 pm

Checking the Numbers: Leaving the Innings Buffet

17

Eric Seidman

Not all LAIM moundsmen live down to the label, so why is there so little love for Joe Blanton?

About a month ago an internal e-mail thread circulated amongst the BP staff that eventually became our infamous robopitcher roundtable. The gist of the discussion was whether or not it would be preferable to employ a pitcher essentially guaranteed to surrender four runs in seven frames each time out, and how much that guarantee of consistency would be worth.

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