Blanton to Start Game 4
“I’m ready to do my job, whatever they ask me to do,” he said today. “If they ask me, I’m ready. I’ll do whatever.”
Blanton is 1-0 with a 2.88 ERA in four career regular starts against the Dodgers. He allowed one run and five hits in six innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 6. He allowed three runs in five innings last year in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.
“I liked the fact we could keep J.A. (Happ) in the bullpen, especially on some left handed hitters, but at the same time Joe has pitched pretty good against the Dodgers,” Charlie Manuel said. “And yesterday I think Pedro Martinez showed if you can change speeds and things like that and mix in your fastball and locate good, that you can have success against them. And I think Blanton, not only is he a very aggressive pitcher, but he’s that type of pitcher. I think that he’s a good fit.”
J.C. Romero said he had successful surgery on his left elbow, and expects be ready by the beginning of spring training. Romero said the tear in an elbow ligament was bigger than anticipated, but he felt fortunate to have the surgery when he did before it got worse.
“My doctor said he couldn’t explain how I was throwing a week before my surgery,” Romero said.