Antonio Bastardo to Serve 50-Game Suspension for Involvement with Biogenesis

Via Ken Rosenthal:

With 51 games to go, the Phillies will lose reliever Antonio Bastardo for 50 games for his involvement with Biogenesis. Bastardo has been, essentially, the only bright spot as part of the National League’s worst bullpen. At least in terms of results, Bastardo has performed admirably, posting a 2.32 ERA in 42 and two-thirds innings.

Though Bastardo has had significantly fewer strikeouts compared to last year (36 percent to 26 percent), he has induced the same amount of swings and misses overall (30.9 percent to 30.5 percent).

The bright side of this news is that Bastardo will throw 10 to 15 fewer innings, and the Phillies will have to rely on their younger, less experienced relievers in high-leverage spots. As the 2013 season has been lost, the next best thing is putting on audition for open bullpen spots on the 2014 roster.

Delmon Young Had A Bad Night (.gifs)

Lots of things have gone wrong for the Phillies since coming back from the All-Star break. They have lost 13 of 15 games and have kissed any of the previously-improbable odds of making a run at the post-season goodbye. Injuries have stolen Domonic Brown, Ben Revere, and Ryan Howard from the Phillies and they have been hard-pressed to replace the lost production.

The Phillies dropped last night’s nationally-televised game to the Braves 4-1, giving the Braves their tenth win in a row and the Phillies their fifth loss in a row. It was a depressing game all-around, but it was Delmon Young who ran away with the worst performance of the night. In four at-bats, he struck out four times and saw a total of 15 pitches. Those of you quick at math realize that it takes three strikes to strike out, so with four strikeouts you have 12 of your pitches gone right there, meaning Young saw only three extraneous pitches in four at-bats. It was, in the time between when you wiped the tears from the corner of your eye and your next crying fit, comical.

Let’s relive Delmon’s night together, in .gif form after the jump. The usual caveat applies: if you have a slow computer, the barrage of .gifs may bog it down, so be forewarned.

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