Sunday, July 27, 2014

Antonio Bastardo has trade value?




Lee's second start back for the Phillies wasn't quite the old Cliff Lee but he's getting there after being off for 2 months with injury



The last couple nights have been tough to watch Antonio Bastardo as he's made his way onto the mound for the Phillies. Last night, he gave up 4 runs in the 10th and lost the game for the Phillies, it was his 4th loss of the season as a reliever.

Fast forward to this morning, and I'm scanning some national news on baseball and Antonio Bastardo and I'm surprised to see that some teams are actually scouting him to bring him on to a contending team. Maybe they are here for a different Bastardo? Obviously, they haven't followed Antonio for the past couple years, but this writer is still scratching his head trying to figure out why Bastardo is even still on the Phillies.

In 45.1 innings so far this season, Antonio Bastardo has given up 21 ER and 25 BB, yes he does have 53 SO but he is anything but rock solid on the mound for the Phillies.

It's tight games like these that slip away constantly with the Phillies. They had runners on base last night that they couldn't score many of them either, 4-17 with RISP. The Diamondbacks were about as bad in that department, they were 5-18 with RISP.

Remember, the Phillies have been losing in bunches a lot this year, they haven't even needed their bullpen for a great majority of this season and if they needed Bastardo more, he would probably disappoint more. Trade him today Ruben and even if it's for a player to be named later.

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