Yes, his road splits for ERA aren't good.
However, his peripherals are consistent for home and road.
And that's his issue. That's his ONE issue that you can beat up on him for. Take that discrepenacy out and then maybe you are talking about him being a fringe #1 pitcher - and at that point you can't afford him. That "issue" is what puts him at a #2.
What makes me feel better about it, again, is that his peripherals are fully consistent through the splits.
Is it that he's more comfortable pitching at "home" or in Oakland Coliseum?
In regards to ERA and HOME/ROAD splits:
Look at a guy like Arroyo:
In 2005 with the Red Sox, he was almost 1.00 better away from Fenway.
In 2006 with the Reds, he was almost a 1.50 better at HOME in GABP..
In 2007 with the Reds, he was .50 better AWAY from GABP.
Harang, all years with the Reds:
In 2005, he was 1.00 better at HOME.
In 2006, he was 1.60 better on the ROAD.
In 2007, he was 0.60 better at HOME.
Johan Santana, all with the Twins:
In 2005, he was about even home and road.
In 2006, he was 1.20 better at HOME.
In 2007, he was 0.80 better on the ROAD.
Is it possible that the the home/road splits are completely a fluke? And that Blanton just happens to be better at "home" by coincidence? Other pitchers splits vary from year to year and home to road.
They change leagues and teams and parks and it changes again. So I can appreciate that concern about Blanton, it's certainly a valid concern. Or, it could be a complete fluke.
None the less, it's his biggest "issue" and it's one that may be a fluke. I feel more confident with him going to the NL and having an offense behind him than I am worried about his splits.
AussieDodger wrote:And Baileys AAA stop last year was very unimpressive for how good he's hyped to be. I just don't see him as a player that we'd go for.
Blanton's road stops have been very unimpressive for the last 2 years. Maybe it's just a small sample size issue (39 games isn't that small), but I would let another owner find that out if the price is Cueto and Votto. That's just ridiculous.
Didn't Bailey have an injury mid-season last year while he was at AAA?