Fantasy Baseball: Should You Add Joe Blanton?

Jul 5, 2012


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Phillies right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton is 7-7 on the year with a 4.85 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and 89 strikeouts in 104.0 innings (7.7 K/9). He has ramped it up lately and is worth considering in fantasy leagues.
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In his past four starts Blanton is 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts in 29.0 innings (8.7 K/9). Joe has at least six strikeouts in each of past six starts.
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Blanton has been a situational fantasy option. He is much better at home (4-2, 4.47 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) than on the road (3-5, 5.23 ERA, 1.35 WHIP). Joe has also been much better in day games despite his 1-3 record (3.67 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) than night games despite a 6-4 record (5.26 ERA, 1.30 WHIP).
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Blanton should not experience much a regression. His strand rate (67.7 percent) is actually down from last year’s 70.9 and career 70.8 marks. His BABIP of .303 is right in line with his .299 lifetime mark. His strikeout ratio has improved, but that isn’t surprising considering the pitching staff he has had to learn from the past few years.
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Blanton is owned in less than twenty percent of Yahoo! and a little over ten percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. If you are looking for a boost in strikeouts and can absorb a slight ERA hit, Blanton could be a decent option. The good news is that while his ERA runs a little high, his WHIP is tolerable thanks to his walks being at an all-time low (1.3 BB/9 compared to a 2.4 lifetime mark).
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He gives up too many long balls, but he has some use in fantasy circles. If nothing else, stream him for home games that are day starts or use him in NL-Only leagues.
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