Phillies unsung heroes from the 2008 World Championship

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01: Pedro Feliz #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning against the New York Yankees in Game Four of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01: Pedro Feliz #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning against the New York Yankees in Game Four of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA – JUNE 25: Starting pitcher Joe Blanton #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on June 25, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA – JUNE 25: Starting pitcher Joe Blanton #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on June 25, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /

Joe Blanton

The Phillies were struggling at the back-end of the rotation, as Adam Eaton was 4-8 with a ridiculously high 5.80 ERA. Blanton came to the rescue in a trade with Oakland in mid-July for three players.

Although his ERA was not stellar at 4.20, it was a significant improvement over Eaton. Blanton was 4-0 in 13 regular season starts and 2-0 in the postseason.

No one will forget the World Series home run in the left field seats against the Rays.

Blanton had varying degrees of success with the Phillies until 2012 and bounced around the majors, last pitching for the Nationals last season.