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Joe Blanton | Relief Pitcher | #55

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 223
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (24) / OAK
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Joe Blanton gave up a go-ahead two-run homer to Addison Russell in the sixth inning in Thursday’s Game 5 loss to the Cubs.
Blanton is one of the reasons the Dodgers have managed to make it this far this season, as he posted a 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio over 80 innings during the regular season. He also pitched well (and often) during the NLDS against the Nationals. But he might be running on fumes at this point. The veteran right-hander has allowed seven runs on seven hits (including three homers and a double) and two walks in three innings so far during the NLCS. Oct 21 - 12:30 AM

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Dodgers activated RHP Joe Blanton from the bereavement leave list.

Blanton was away from the club for a couple of days, but is active and will rejoin the Dodgers bullpen on Friday. He'll continue to work in middle relief.
Aug 12 - 7:23 PM

Dodgers placed RHP Joe Blanton on the bereavement leave list.

Blanton is expected to be away from the team until Friday. Josh Ravin will take his place on the active roster for now.
Aug 8 - 7:16 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday that Joe Blanton is not a rotation candidate.

It's been a rough spring on the injury front for some of the starting pitchers in Dodgers camp, but Roberts wants to use Blanton strictly as a long reliever. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.91 career ERA as a reliever and a 4.47 career ERA as a starter.
Mar 21 - 12:52 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Joe Blanton to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The deal was reported earlier Tuesday and is now official. Blanton had a surprisingly good 2015 campaign, putting up a 2.04 ERA and 62/12 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings for the Royals and Pirates. He'll be used in a swingman role with the Dodgers.
Jan 19 - 5:49 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Dodgers and right-hander Joe Blanton have agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Blanton was quietly very effective as a reliever last season between the Pirates and Royals, posting a 2.04 ERA and 62/12 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings. The 35-year-old will likely function in a swingman role out of the Dodgers' bullpen.
Jan 19 - 3:28 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Joe Blanton from the Royals for cash considerations.

Blanton was designated for assignment by Kansas City on Tuesday to open a 40-man roster spot for new ace Johnny Cueto. Blanton had a strong 3.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 40/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings (four starts, 11 relief appearances) this season for the Royals and should be an asset as a swing man down the stretch for Pittsburgh.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 08:29:00 AM

Royals designated RHP Joe Blanton for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Johnny Cueto. Blanton had a 3.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 40/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings (four starts, 11 relief appearances) this season for Kansas City. He is 34 years old but will probably draw interest on waivers.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 04:30:00 PM

Joe Blanton pitched the final three innings of Monday's 9-4 win over the Indians, earning his second save.

With the Royals ahead 9-1, Blanton allowed a three-run home run to Francisco Lindor in the seventh, but only one of those runs was charged to him. It's a save only in the technical sense, as the Royals were never in any real danger of losing Monday's contest.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 10:31:00 PM

Joe Blanton tossed 3 2/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief Tuesday against the Pirates.

Stepping in for the injured Jason Vargas, Blanton pitched admirably to keep the Royals in the game. The right-hander gave up just two hits while striking out five in the appearance. He didn't earn a decision for his efforts, but it was a nice showing for the 34-year-old nonetheless. Blanton now owns a 3.96 ERA on the year.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 11:34:00 PM

Joe Blanton will start against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Blanton was originally slated to move to the bullpen with Yordano Ventura coming off the disabled list, but the Royals will need another start from him because of Tuesday's doubleheader. Edinson Volquez will start Sunday.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 11:46:00 AM

Joe Blanton surrendered four runs on nine hits in five innings of work against the Twins on Saturday.

Three of those four runs scored in the first inning, when Blanton served up a two-run homer to Joe Mauer and an RBI out to Aaron Hicks. He settled down after the initial hiccup and finished with four strikeouts and no walks. Pitching between the bullpen and the rotation, Blanton is the owner of a 3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and a 30/7 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings. Up next on the schedule, a Thursday afternoon home date with the Rays.
Sat, Jul 4, 2015 11:00:00 PM

Joe Blanton had a short evening, going only 2 2/3 innings after giving up five runs in Monday's loss to the Astros.

Blanton had pitched well in his first two starts back in the rotation ahead of Monday's start, but the Astros had him figured out. They plated two runs in the second and three in the third on five hits and four walks. The right-hander struck out only two. Including his time in the bullpen, Blanton owns a 3.14 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He has a date at home against the Twins in his next start.
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 11:20:00 PM

Joe Blanton tossed six innings of one-run ball, limiting the Mariners to two hits in Monday's win.

Blanton had made his first start on Wednesday, earning his first win since 2013. He was even better on Monday, yielding only two hits while walking none and striking out seven. The 34-year-old did not pitch in the majors in 2014 but is looking quite strong thus far. That being said, any value he has is constricted to AL-only leagues. Blanton will match up with the Athletics in Oakland next.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 12:47:00 AM

By limiting the Brewers to one run in five innings Wednesday, Joe Blanton earned a win in his first start in two years.

Good for Blanton. He entered with a 1.80 ERA in seven relief appearances, all of which came in Royals losses. And, of course, he exited with a 1.80 ERA, too. He'll probably be needed to make at least a couple of more starts, giving him a little value in AL-only leagues.
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 11:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Austin Barnes
3Kyle Farmer
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Enrique Hernandez
2Charlie Culberson
3Micah Johnson
SS1Corey Seager
2Chris Taylor
3B1Rob Segedin
LF1Andrew Toles
2Trayce Thompson
3Andre Ethier
4Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Darin Ruf
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Rich Hill
3Kenta Maeda
4Scott Kazmir
5Julio Urias
6Brandon McCarthy
7Jose De Leon
8Hyun-Jin Ryu
9Ross Stripling
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Pedro Baez
2Grant Dayton
3Josh Fields
4Alex Wood
5Josh Ravin
6Adam Liberatore
7Luis Avilan
8Chris Hatcher
9Vidal Nuno
10Yimi Garcia
11Edward Paredes
12Louis Coleman
13Brock Stewart
14Carlos Frias
15Patrick Schuster