Just a couple of leftovers from last night’s thriller
Joe Blanton: Relegated to a bullpen role in the division series, Kentucky Joe had the look of a reliever called on to make a spot start last night. He started strong, retiring the first 10 batters, then nibbled through the second turn. By the fifth, Los Angeles had him solved, and by the sixth, I was shocked Blanton was still in the ballgame. Blanton may have been a workhorse this season, but I was nervous about this start; Joe’s been no great shakes lately and has quietly struggled with his command. Right now, I would not start Blanton in another postseason game if the Phillies can help it.
Jimmy Rollins: Look for last night’s walk-off double to put a charge in J-Roll’s swing. Aside from Pedro Feliz, he’s been the only regular yet to put a stamp on October, racking up just four runs and three extra-base hits while going 9-for-38 at the plate. Last night's big-time hit is exactly the type of slump-buster he needed to get back into the spotlight.