Glorious Bastardo

Everybody knows Antonio Bastardo has been a bullpen savior, right?

He is 6-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 55 appearances. He has allowed just 19 hits, eight runs and 19 walks in 52 1/3 innings. He has struck out 65. Opponents have hit just .112 against him. He got Joey Votto to hit into an inning-ending double play in the seventh inning in today’s 6-4 victory over the Reds. He then struck out the side in the eighth.

“I can’t say enough about him,” Charlie Manuel said. “He’s had a big year. Bastardo to me is outstanding – one of the better years I’ve seen a lefty have.”

Forget lefties. Bastardo is having one of the best seasons for a relief pitcher ever.

His .112 opponent batting average is the lowest in baseball history for any pitcher with 50 or more innings in a season. Eric Gagne held opponents to a .133 average in 2003, which is the second-best in baseball history.

“It’s crazy how dominating he’s been,” Brad Lidge said. “I’ve been in a lot of bullpens with a lot of good pitchers and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone doing what he’s doing right now.”

“He’s always had an invisi-ball,” Vance Worley said. “It was just a matter of time before he came up here and got to show what he can do. He’s doing what he needs to do.”

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8 Comments

tony bastard. ’nuff said.

Actually too much said.

He is amazing, just wondering why he flys under the radar? Is it because he doesn’t have a catchy name like Lights out Lidge? It’s time Phillie fans take him under our wing and show our appreciation. Ohter than the obvious there has to be some kind of nickname or catchy image that will put him in the forefront where he belongs. Suggestions???

Nickname? Who cares? What was Sandy Koufax’s nickname? What’s Justin Verlander’s nickname? And who cares if he flies under the radar? I think Phillies fans appreciate him, so what does it matter if he isn’t in the forefront?
Just let him pitch.

He’s got a tee-shirt on Birdland, “ANTONIO-you glourious-BASTARDO,” which I imagine had something to do with the title of this blog post. The fan base has noticed him, and he knows it. You’re no one in Philly sports until the outsiders give you a tee-shirt.

It could but I figured this title was a play on the movie “Inglorious Bastards”

He’ll get his full appreciation when he is the Phillies closer in 2012.

Happy trails, Madson and Boras.

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