1 year after, this season just became more peculiar for the Philadelphia Phillies and Antonio Bastardo. Will he be dominate for the rest of this tour? Can he have 1 super month after 5 bad ones, which is the opposite of 2011? Remember, the poll for Masked September is here, if you haven’t voted yet.
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 3-2 Triumph
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A Twilight Zone:
In 2011, Bastardo was a revelation for the first 5 months. He was compared by Fox Sports (TV) to a young Mariano Rivera. But he stumbled to mediocrity after August, which totally obliterated his confidence. His mental approach remained the same for almost an entire year. That stated, he now appears to have reversed his direction for this campaign. He had struggled until now to overcome the adversity that has plagued him through the first 125 games.
The brain trust is using a two-pronged challenge to help Antonio achieve his potential. The first part is the competition factor. Jeremy Horst has been a very effective southpaw for the relief corps, and Phillippe Aumont has the best stuff. He has a 96-mph heater with movement, but his control of secondary pitches is questionable. Josh Lindblom, Mchael Schwimer, Justin De Fratus, Mike Stutes and David Herndon have shown they could earn a spot in the ‘pen. That means Bastardo could work his way out of a job.
The second method is that he has to fight his way for more mound time. In other words, he needs to show the dugout bosses he can get more than one out or face left-handed bats only. Last September, he started his downward spiral on the 3rd. He now has 7 consecutive decent outings, which started on August 24. That’s 10 days short of a year. This may be the most unusual happening for the summer, but I believe there is more strangeness ahead during the final 24 battles.
He is 6-3 with a 2.87 home ERA, which is 0.32 lower at the Bank. Against the Rox at both parks (1 each), his line is: 2-0, a 1.69 ERA, 16 complete, 12 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 3 walks and 14 punch outs.
He has worked 6 innings in 1 of 7 attempts with 2 clunkers. The rotation in Colorado is limited to 75 pitches per outing.
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Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
*** = Approximately equal to after plus-and-minus computation
DISPLAY NOTE: Non-listed results can go up or down by
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