Friday, September 25, 2015

Old Phriends- Blanton & Madson

Everyone remembers the World F'n Champions of 2008.  Those days are long gone, as the Phillies have been 7-22 since August 24th and are on the verge of 100 losses.  Maybe they could use a little magic from some old friends...or should I say "Phriends"?
 
Joe Blanton pitched so horrendously with the Angels in 2013, that he didn't have a job last season.  Ryan Madson hadn't pitched since he was with the Phillies back in 2011, having suffered through a rash of arms problems since then.  However, the Kansas City Royals were gracious enough to give each a minor league contract and have reaped the rewards every since.

Blanton began the season in KC, but is now with Pittsburgh.  He's been a nice multi-inning reliever, having pitched in 33 games, 4 of them starts, and has racked up 74 strikeouts over 71.1 innings with a 7-2 record, a 3.03 ERA, and a 1.15 WHIP. Also, it's pretty cool that he's now a Phucco (Phillies + Bucco = Phucco).  He'll turn 35 years old in December, but he's probably lined himself up for a 1 year pact in the neighborhood of $2M.

Madson, who just turned 35 in August, is back to being as dominant as ever.  He's appeared in 64 games and pitched 59.1 innings with 54 strikeouts, a 2.28 ERA, and 0.98 WHIP.  Due to his age and history of injuries, a 2 year deal is unlikely.  However, a team like Detroit, in desperate need of bullpen help, would be wise to give him 1 YR/$4M with an option year and plug him into the closer role.

9 comments:

Bob D said...

Speaking of Phucco's how about JA Happ 6-2 2.28 ERA 1.13 WHIP 58K in 51.1 Innings (Pirates only 10-8 overall 3.88 ERA)
Vance Worley 4-6 3.80 ERA 1.38 WHIP 48K in 71 Innings
AJ Burnett 9-5 3.15 ERA 1.35 WHIP 129K in 159 Innings

Not bad for some of the ex Phillies. Pirates are great for bargain bin hunting the last few years.

Bob D said...

I forgot Bastardo 4-1, 2 Saves, 2.83 ERA 1.13 WHIP 61K in 54 Innings

Beer-a-Thon said...

Inside the park grand slam for Altherr. Sure, sign me up.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Aaron Altherr and Odubel Herrera should be 2/3 of the starting outfield next season.

The other part will come from some combination of Cody Asche, Brian Bogusevic, Darnell Sweeney, Kelly Dugan, and Jeff Francoeur (if they retain his services). I fully expect Dom Brown gone. The Phillies will be a hot destination for veterans trying to stick around on minor league contracts too, because it's not like they're brimming with talent.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Cody Asche with another Howard. Two in the same week!

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