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From the LA Times - Joe Blanton and Angels can't find right rhythm in 8-2 loss to Twins

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Angels right-hander allows four runs and nine hits in 42/3 innings, with no signs of command he had in spring training. Angels' offense is limited to solo homers by Peter Bourjos and Brendan Harris.

MINNEAPOLIS — Maybe it was a desert mirage, that 2.37 earned-run average in four spring starts, the 13 strikeouts and no walks in 19 innings, but somewhere between Arizona and the regular season, Joe Blanton lost his pinpoint command and ability to put hitters away.ZP_sPnbMT0Q

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^Our Angels just love to keep their bats on their shoulders when they step in the box, watching those fastballs down the pipe for first pitch strikes. It's like they say in little league "never swing at the first pitch." Not to mention, they're so pretty.


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Forget metrics and other stats for now. Anyone who has seen Blanton pitch in his career would know he is a pile. Guys whose fastball is 86-89 with no movement are going to get pounded as he has shown throughout his career. To offer this guy a 2 yr. deal that early in free agency was a horrific mistake. He could have been had on a Minor League deal two weeks later.

The sad part is until Weave returns there is no replacement in the minors. Also, by that time Hanson should be on the DL.

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