Vetting the Phillies’ Analysis of Antonio Bastardo

Todd Zolecki recently posted some very interesting quotes from Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee pertaining to lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo. Bastardo worked almost exclusively as the set-up guy ahead of closer Jonathan Papelbon, but struggled at times, finishing the season with a 4.33 ERA. It was a disappointment to many as he had finished the 2011 season with a 2.64 ERA and looked like he would become one of baseball’s more dominant relievers.

Dubee, though, isn’t worried.

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