October 11, 2007

Blanton Would Be A Good Fit

With all the hype, last off season, of the Mets and the Athletics working out a deal to bring Rich Harden to Queens, there was a name sandwiched in the middle of all this babble.

Joe Blanton has proven himself to be a durable right handed pitcher that the Mets should definitely consider trade for.

With the departure of Tom Glavine, the Mets don’t have a pitcher who had pitched over two hundred innings in 2007 and they need to find one quick or the bullpen is going to go through the same metamorphosis that it went through in the second half of the season.

Blanton pitched two hundred and thirty innings this past season and held a 14-10 record with a 3.95 ERA. Switching from the American to the National League should lower his ERA to somewhere in the 3.50 range and would match up well with the Mets other young guns (John Maine and Oliver Perez) in making a young core of pitchers that the Mets can hold onto for years to come.

From the scouting reports, Joe Blanton has a low 90’s fastball, a 12 to 6 curve ball, a 10 to 4 slider and an effective changeup. During his stay in Oakland, Blanton’s curve ball has garnered comparison to Barry Zito’s. The only difference is that Blanton’s best pitch isn’t his curve.

Although Blanton’s future is a middle of the rotation kind of pitcher, he could have a promising career with the Mets and their pitcher friendly Shea Stadium and soon Citifield.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

that would be one heck of a core

Anonymous said...

i dont know...oakland always wants too much

Anonymous said...

mulvey, neise and carp for blanton works for me

Anonymous said...

thats way too much for a middle of the rotation pitcher

Anonymous said...

iv always liked blanton and think the mets should go ahead with this plan

Anonymous said...

zito curve and its not even his best pitch...where do i sign???

Anonymous said...

go get him omar

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