You have to love this line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 BB (1 IBB), 11 SO. Blanton threw 114 pitches, 72 of them strikes. He also dropped his ERA to a shade above 6.
I’ll tell you what, this starting rotation, as a single organism, is showing signs of life, which will spell trouble for the NL East, not to mention the rest of the National League, when it grows into a horrifying, unstoppable beast.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, we have to win tomorrow’s rubber match, which would be only the second series win at Citizens Bank Park this season for the Phillies. The last one was taken from the Nationals precisely one month ago. Not exactly awe-inspiring, but every single home series prior to this one was played with a faltering starting five, and Miguel Cairo.
Phils win tomorrow in a barnburner, en route to a series sweep of the hapless Nationals, the very personification of everything your little league coach told you not to do.
Prove me wrong (I’m looking at you, bullpen!).