Antonio Bastardo to Serve 50-Game Suspension for Involvement with Biogenesis
Via Ken Rosenthal:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 5, 2013
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.