Phillies SP Joe Blanton Available; Orioles Want Him

The Phillies haven’t made it clear if they are buyers or sellers at the deadline just yet, but one thing made clear is the availability of starting pitcher Joe Blanton. The Phillies said that Blanton is available in a potential trade, and that the team with the most interest in him right now is Baltimore.

Five Teams to Watch In the Second Half

The second half is underway and there are a handful of teams looking to get back to the post season, some waiting longer than others. The National League features a pair of teams who find themselves shockingly in first place. Meanwhile, the American League has an early three-team race for the Wild Card with one … Continue reading Five Teams to Watch In the Second Half

BREAKING: Thome Traded to Orioles

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Phillies have traded first baseman Jim Thome to the Baltimore Orioles. The Phillies got two players for Thome, RHP Kyle Simon and C Gabriel Lino, both of the Orioles Single-A team. Thome hit .242 with two doubles, five homers and 15 RBIs in 30 games for the … Continue reading BREAKING: Thome Traded to Orioles

TTB’s Road Trip to Baltimore

Nothing beats the comfort of the confines of Citizens Bank Park. Hell, nothing beats Citizens Bank Park in general. It’s the best damn stadium in all of baseball. Any Phillies fan will tell you that. But once in a while, you have to spread your wings, travel around a bit and see why other fans … Continue reading TTB’s Road Trip to Baltimore

Wieters Crushes Double in O’s Second Straight Walk-Off Win

Orioles 5, Phillies 4 (10 innings) WP – David O’Day (0-1, 3.06) LP – Joe Savery (4-0, 1.78) BALTIMORE — The quality that Baltimore that has made it such a successful team in the league’s toughest division is that they have the ability to strike at any given moment. A pair of timely sources of … Continue reading Wieters Crushes Double in O’s Second Straight Walk-Off Win

Series Preview: at Baltimore Orioles

PHI: 28-31, 5th in NL East; BAL: 32-25, 1st in AL East When: June 8-10 Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore, MD) Probable Pitchers Friday: Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.27) vs Jake Arriete (2-7, 5.53) Saturday: Vance Worley (3-2, 3.38) vs Tommy Hunter (2-3, 5.59) Sunday: Cliff Lee (0-3, 2.92) vs Jason Hammel (6-2, 2.67) Broadcast … Continue reading Series Preview: at Baltimore Orioles

Season Preview: AL East

Expectations: Better than the Yankees Key Addition: 1B Carlos Pena (signed from Chicago Cubs) Key Loss: OF/DH Johnny Damon (free agent) Projected Record: 103-59 Summary: The odds on favorite to win the division, the Rays have it all: great young hitting, great young pitching, solid veteran presence. With guys like Evan Longoria, BJ Upton, and … Continue reading Season Preview: AL East

Split Squad: vs Baltimore; at Detroit

Phillies 3, Tigers 6 — Scott Elarton really wants to make the big league club this season. Elarton pitched four strong innings, allowing a run on two hits but walking four. Location was an issue for Elarton in the 1st inning, walking three batters and allowing a run on a sacrifice fly that followed Brennan … Continue reading Split Squad: vs Baltimore; at Detroit

Spring Training: Phillies 4, Orioles 1

There were doubts about Roy Halladay. Yes, doubts. Be shocked. Well, those concerns about his velocity and inability to controls his breaking pitches last start and doubts he will be ready by Opening Day have all but vanished. Halladay was in midseason form, commanding everything in his arsenal as well as pitching back at his … Continue reading Spring Training: Phillies 4, Orioles 1

Blanton improving so far this spring

Judging by the quality of swings he’s eliciting, Joe Blanton has been impressive. Judgments are difficult. But stuff appears better. — Matt Gelb (@magelb) March 10, 2012 Encouraging words from Matt Gelb. Joe Blanton knows the 5th starter’s spot isn’t a lock heading into this season. But he does have the advantage over Joel Pineiro … Continue reading Blanton improving so far this spring