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The NL East will be won by the team that doesn’t break down. Meanwhile new Washington reliever Joe Blanton has turned his nice career around and could become a closer option.
Reinventing one’s self in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
Enjoy Joe Blanton’s home run in the 2008 World Series.
One of the fun things about the Phillies this season is checking the box score to see which ace was throwing today.
You have an 80% chance of seeing a kick ass potential Cy Young contender. You have two former NLCS MVPs… and neither one of them is named Halladay or Lee.
So I saw the Mets were clobbered by the Phillies, who held New York scoreless until the 9th, I checked to see which ace was on the hill.
It was of course Vance Worley.
Seriously, hands up if you heard of Vance Worley.
(Put your hand down, Mrs. Worley.)
Here he is.
He is 23 years old and pitched fine as a September call up last year. This year he shut down the Mets in his first start of the season.
What if he continues to pitch well?
I mean he only has 4 aces to take him under his wing.
Good luck with your injury Joe Blanton.
If I told you at the beginning of the NLCS that the Giants would beat Roy Halladay AND Cole Hamels, raise your hand if your would take it.
That if in Game 4, the Giants would face Joe Blanton, who hasn’t pitched in nearly a month, and throw Madison Bumgarner, raise your hand if you’d take that.
Now how about if I told you that if EVERYTHING goes wrong in Game 4… they lose 20-0 and are no hit… they would still be tied 2-2 with Tim Lincecum on the mound at home? Show of hands if you would take it.
I expect to see a LOT of hands in the air.
I thought the Phillies were winning in 5.
They’ve got to run the table to win in 6.
And tomorrow is the ONE TIME the Giants aren’t going to face a former Cy Young winner or NLCS MVP on the mound.
Blanton is a decent pitcher with a big heart.
Bumgarner is a solid pitcher with great stuff.
You’d have to favor the home team in that match up.
Hands up if you’d take that.
I know Giant fans shouldn’t get ahead of themselves… but isn’t cool to be in a situation where they SHOULDN’T get ahead of themselves?
Win tomorrow… then start getting giddy.
The Giants are half way there.
Hands up if you were expecting THAT?
(Mine would NOT be up.)