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Blanton Hitting the Road

Joe Blanton's home and away numbers.

Blanton Hitting the Road

(Matt Slocum/AP)
(Matt Slocum/AP)

Although the Phillies record when Joe Blanton starts at Citzens Bank Park is quite good (29-12), his actual numbers there aren't much better than when he has pitched on the road as a Phillie.

Blanton takes to the mound at AT+T Park Tuesday night against the Giants' Madison Bumgarner:

        At CBP Road
Starts 41 40
Phils' W-L 29-12       19-21
Blanton's W-L       15-6 12-10
ERA 4.00 4.78
W+H/9 IP 11.76 12.74
Opp. BA .270 .275
Innings 256.1 229.2
Hits 270 248
Runs 120 130
Earned Runs 114 122
Walks 65 77
Strikeouts 195 185
Home Runs 34 36
HR/AB 0.034 0.040
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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