Blanton Pitching Solidly Since Break
Halladay is second out of 50 qualifying pitchers in the National League with a 2.22 ERA. Oswalt is 13th with a 3.12 ERA and Hamels is 19th with a 3.47 ERA. They are a scary trio should the Phillies make the playoffs. But what must be encouraging to Charlie Manuel is the way Joe Blanton has pitched lately. He is 3-1 with a 3.41 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break. If Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels and Blanton keep pitching like they have down the stretch, they should have a chance to win a good chuck of their remaining games — if the offense ever gets on track.
Blanton had a 6.41 ERA in 13 starts before the break. He followed a similar path last season. He had a 7.11 ERA after eight starts in 2009, but had a 3.16 ERA in 23 starts the rest of the way.
I’m sure that’s not how Blanton drew it up, but that is the way it has gone so far.