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Welcome to Philadelphia, Joe Blanton. Blanton is definitely a guy who is primed to come around. While he's not Ben Sheets, and he's not CC Sabathia, Blanton is a needed addition to the Phillies' staff. At the very least, this is addition by subtraction....take away Adam Eaton from the starting rotation and the Phils take a step in the right direction.

Blanton makes his Phillies debut against the Mets on Tuesday, the 22nd. Mets batters David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran are a combined 3-for-20 (.150 avg.) against Blanton. 2 of those hits belong to Beltran.


Statement to ponder...The catchers suck. Everyone's favorite 35 yr old sophomore, Chris Coste, hasn't been able to shake himself out of a slump this month. Carlos Ruiz has been slumping for almost a couple months now. Since seeing his batting average reach a season high of .246 on May 25th, Ruiz has had only 1 multi-hit game and his avg. has dipped just about every week, to where it stands now at .204.

In 11 July games, Coste is batting .125 (4 for 32).

In 11 July games, Ruiz is batting .138 (4 for 29).


As pointed out by several sources, first of which was yesterday's game radio broadcast, Colbert Hamels has given up 6 earned runs in his last 3 starts. 5 of those 6 runs are solo homers. Hamels, to be a real ace, needs to cut down on his homeruns allowed. Oh, the offense scoring some runs behind him, might assist with that also. The Phillies have scored 8 total runs in those same previous 3 Hamels starts, and have lost two of those games.


Lastly, I want to touch on the Matt Holliday trade rumors. Keep dreaming!

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