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Joe Blanton in danger of losing spot in Angels’ rotation

Jul 23, 2013, 11:37 PM EST

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Angels starter Joe Blanton has the third-worst ERA in baseball at 5.66. That, and a recent confrontation with pitching coach Mike Butcher, are reasons the Angels are looking to remove him from the rotation.

Via MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez and William Boor:

“We’re working on a couple things now,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re going to see where we are and we’ll have a decision.”

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“Joe has put every effort into trying to be the pitcher he can be,” Scioscia said. “Right now, it’s very clear he is struggling with some of the basic things he needs to do to be that pitcher.”

Blanton is scheduled to start on Saturday in Oakland against the Athletics. The Angels are in a tough spot since they don’t have many options to jump into the rotation and contribute on a long-term basis. And they’re not in a position where they want to trade for a pitcher considering their record and standing as it pertains to the AL West and Wild Card races.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    So their excuse for running this guy out and not yanking him earlier is that they have very few options? Really? So you’re conceding a W every fifth day because you trust Blanton more than your farm system?

    Wow, that says to me that either they have ZERO faith in the farm OR they are a bunch of clowns. Conceivably, both could be true.

  2. losanginsight - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    How many loses and homers is it going to take? Every time this guy goes out there its an automatic L. Dipoto should be on the hot seat after these ridiculous moves.

    • flamethrower101 - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      Mike Scioscia should be on the hot seat for continuing to run him out there. I don’t care if there are no options in the farm system. I’d rather go 4-man than let him loose every 5th day.

  3. pfyfe33 - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    how about we wait until we are totally eliminated from playoff contention. Bad sign from day 1.

  4. Tim's Neighbor - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    This doesn’t sound like the Joe Blanton I know.

  5. pisano - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Phil Hughes is available.

  6. kingscourt25 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Dipoto signed 2 injured pitchers, Josh Hamilton, and Joe Blanton this off-season.

  7. insidefastball - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    What is really sad is that the Angels were not talking about doing this weeks ago.

  8. andreweac - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    As an Angel fan I hope Blanton stays in the rotation. We are out of the playoff race. We need to play at a 111 win pace ROS to win 90 games.

    That ain’t happening.

    Time to route for losses to improve our Rule 4 draft slot + get more money to spend at the draft.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Give Blanton a chance at 20 losses. For the good of the franchise, tank it for future glory!

  9. riverace19 - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    This one’s easy: Garrett Richards. Duh.

    • km9000 - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:02 AM

      I don’t know if there’s any no-brainers with this staff. It seemed like a travesty that Jerome was left in the bullpen for so long, and he hasn’t been much better than Blanton in the rotation. If only there were a way for Butcher to get all the blame and finally get axed.

  10. km9000 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    I’m honestly surprised Sosh didn’t say anything about Blanton’s “comfort level.” My god, he uses that with practically everyone who’s struggled. But “It’s clear he’s struggling to do basic things” sounds pretty harsh by his standards.

  11. richb22 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I’m hoping they remove him from the rotation, I don’t think I can watch him pitch another game. He grabs his crotch several times after EVERY pitch, it’s annoying as hell. Dude needs to get some other type of protector.

  12. losanginsight - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Los Jalos are tanking for Wiggins?

  13. judahbenhur - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I hope Joe can work on those couple of things on a another team. Bad, bad signing. His numbers are terrible. Good guy, but he’s been done for a while and must go. The season is already lost. Let a young pitcher (Richards) get the experience.

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