A couple of days ago, after a great, come-from-behind win, I wrote about how the Angels [Were] “Primed for [a] Winning Streak”. They followed that up with another great team effort, behind the pitching of C.J. Wilson and Ernesto Frieri and the hitting of Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton, and were looking like a real major league contender. Then, tonight, up stepped Joe.
I’ve made a pretty good case over the past several months, since the Dodgers acquired him for last season’s stretch drive, that Joe Blanton is NOT a major league caliber starting pitcher, at least not for a team with post-season aspirations.
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|Well, last night the Angels modest two game winning streak came to a crashing halt, against the extremely beatable 5-7 Minnesota Twins, thanks to run-an-inning Joe, who lasted, somehow, through 4-2/3 innings, allowing NINE base hits, one walk, and four runs, all earned. Allowing only four runs in 4-2/3 innings actually LOWERED his ERA, to 8.59, and ole’ Joe now leads the world (well, actually, he is in a four-way tie) in losses, at three, in three 2013 appearances. In 14.2 innings, he has now allowed the astounding total of 26 base hits. 26!
Though he had a horrid spring, Jerome Williams
has been doing a decent job in relief since the season started, and the team deserves to have him start in place of Blanton next time around. If there was any starter at Salt Lake that looked like he could step in at the major league level for the Angels, I’d say so, but that club has a rotation of a couple of young guys who do not look ready for the big time (Orangel Arenas, A.J. Schugel), and a few veteran journeymen (Billy Buckner, Fernando Cabrera, Barry Enright) who have done nothing to indicate that could be any better than they’ve shown in the past, which was pretty bad (lifetime major league ERAs for the three, respectively: 6.25, 5.24 and 5.13).
Calling Jerry Dipoto – Are you looking for an major league starter that can be had? I hope so.