Back during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Nick Blackburn (3-4, 7.68) was a useful pitcher. He has always had low strikeout rates in his career, but he was able to keep his walks down as well, allowing him to keep an ERA that was just above 4.00 both years. However, his BB/9 has risen every year since 2009, culminating in a 3.53 BB/9 this season. With just a 4.36 K/9, that's not very good. And not very good is what Blackburn's 2012 season has been.
Five of his nine starts this season have seen Blackburn allow at least five earned runs compared to just one quality start. He has been giving up home runs at a very high rate. He's getting hit extremely hard (12.3