Joe Blanton

RP / L.A. Dodgers / EXP: YRS Height: Weight: lb Age: College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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    Two years ago, Joe Blanton was retired and seemed destined to be remembered as a mediocre starter. But then he signed a minor league deal with the Royals, put up a solid year of relief work in 2015 and had an even better season in 2016. He took over setup duties for the Dodgers last season and put up a 2.48 ERA over 80 innings while striking out a batter per inning. At the center of his renaissance was heavy usage of a slider that had turned into one of the better pitches in baseball, which helped compensate for his low-90s heat. He might have difficulty replicating his 2016 season, as he had a .240 BABIP (62 points below his career average) and saw a big decline in groundball rate, but there's no denying Blanton has reinvented himself for the better. He figures to see plenty of work again in 2017.

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    • Blanton has posted a 1.17 ERA in 23 innings since the end of July and continues to function as the team's top setup man. Blanton has been good all year, but great lately. With a 2.34 ERA and 27 holds in 77 innings, his one-year, $4 million deal has been a bargain for the Dodgers.

    • Blanton (personal) was reinstated from the bereavement list Friday, David Vassegh of 570 AM Los Angeles reports. Luis Avilan was optioned to make room on the roster. The 35-year-old Blanton has been a valuable source of holds over the past two and a half months, as he's racked up 17 holds since the calendar turned to June, and he's even had value in deep standard-scoring formats as a ratios play.

    • Dodgers' Joe Blanton: Placed on bereavement list
      By RotoWire Staff

      Blanton has been placed on the bereavement list, Jack Baer of reports. Blanton will be replaced on the roster by Josh Ravin. Players on the bereavement list must miss at least three games and no more than seven games, so Blanton will return to the Dodgers sometime between August 12 against Pittsburgh and August 17 against Philadelphia.

    • Blanton tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles. Blanton now appears to be Kenley Jansen's top setup man. He's carrying a 2.22 ERA and 0.78 WHIP with a 46:13 K:BB in 44.2 innings.

    • Dodgers' Joe Blanton: Puts up career best numbers
      By RotoWire Staff

      Blanton has a 2.81 ERA and 0.78 WHIP after pitching 25.2 innings. The 35-year-old righty has become the most used pitcher in the Dodgers' bullpen, and rightfully so, as he's posting some of the best numbers of his career. His K/9 rate is currently 9.12, blowing his career average of 6.42 out of the water, and at 91.1 miles per hour, his fastball is the fastest it's ever been. While his 4.11 ERA for the month of May makes it look like his performance is trending downwards, this is almost entirely coming from two rough outings where he gave up six runs in two innings. Apart from those two games, Blanton has given up only two runs across 23.2 innings in 2016.

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      2016 LAD 75 0 80.0 7 2 0 80 26 55 2.47 1.01
      2015 KC-PIT 36 4 76.0 7 2 2 79 16 69 2.84 1.11
      TOTAL 376 252 1,723.3 99 93 2 1,245 454 1,843 4.34 1.33