With certain additions this off season, the Phillies got a lot better. With the addition of John Maine, we’d probably get a little worse. When you have an armor plated rotation, there’s obviously going to be the occasional hole. Technically, that “hole” weigh 245 pounds and is named Joe Blanton. But Joey’s no “hole.”
He’s solid, he cleans up after himself, he gets enough sleep, he handles the presence of ghosts very well, and his reflexes are unmatched. If I’m the GM, that’s pretty much every criteria I need in my fifth starter.
So that’s his “appeal.”