Hey Joe

Yes, I’m talking to you, Joe Blanton.

I was kind of hoping that in your second start of the season, against the Nationals, you might bounce back a bit from that less than stellar game against the Mets last week.

Silly me.

Instead, you gave up 5 earned runs in 6 innings, and after two starts, your ERA is an unattractive 10.45. Yes, I know it’s still early in the season, so there’s plenty of time to turn it around. I suggest you start rectifying this situation during your next start, on Sunday afternoon.

I’ll be watching.

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In what is becoming a curious trend, the Phillies dropped the first game of their series against Washington, and then came back to win the next two.

This time, it was Joe Blanton who was not sharp in game one (see above). Additionally, he gave up a home run to ex-Phillie Jayson Werth, resulting in my breakfast the next morning being disturbed by the sight of Werth on the front page of the newspaper. Echh.

Roy Halladay took the mound for game two, and had the Nationals shut out through eight innings (yay!). He flirted with disaster in the ninth, giving up two runs, but managed to escape intact for the complete game victory, as the Phils prevailed 3-2.

Also in this game, Washington starter John Lannan faced Ryan Howard with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth, and proceeded to hit Howard on the wrist, driving in a run. Lannan, if you recall, was the pitcher who hit Chase Utley a few years ago, giving him a broken hand.

Yo, John Lannan, stop hitting my Phillies!

For his career, Lannan has faced the Phillies 12 times, going 0-9 with a 5.80 ERA. The Nationals have lost 11 of those 12 games. So bring him on some more! Just let me wrap the players in bubble wrap first. :-)

Not to be outdone, Cliff Lee finished off a complete game of his own the next night, as the Phils won 4-0.

I think I could get used to this whole “Four Aces” thing. :-)

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I often find myself wondering about some of the photos MLB chooses to use in the slideshows for each game. For example, why use this one?

my wallet is this big.jpgThe caption states that “The Nationals’ Jayson Werth gestures to teammates on the field during the ninth inning.”

Gesturing about what? Trying to cue the musical accompaniment for a dramatic ninth inning rally? The size of the proverbial “one that got away”? Or maybe the size of his wallet now that the Nationals have grossly overpaid for his services?

I’m sure you readers can come up with something good! Leave a comment if you have an inspired caption to share.

4 Comments

Maybe Joe Blanton just wants to be included in the cool nicknames too and not as the Aquaman of the Phillies Justice League. Four Aces and a Jack kicker?
As for Werth, hmmm, maybe:
He’s asking the Phillies if they can just hug it out – the Phillies said no, by the way
He’s preparing to fall back and go crowd surfing, but note that no one behind him looks like they’re going to catch him.
He’s preparing to try out for guest spot on Glee – total spirit fingers.
He’s sticking his landing.
It’s playtime in the Nationals dugout. You can’t hear him, but Werth is also making airplane noises.
Kristen
This is a very simple game…

Caption: Jayson Werth tries to explain just how many hundred dollar bills it takes to fill up his bank account.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

“You want me to shave? No way. I’m growing my beard until it’s thiiiiiis long.”
I hate that beard. Hate it hate it hate it.
Catherine
http://chisoxblog.mlblogs.com/

I think he needs a hug after his awful start to the season ;o)

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

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