Philadelphia Phillies: Ryan Madson to DL, Antonio Bastardo Should Be New Closer

Jason AmareldCorrespondent IIJune 28, 2011

NEW YORK - JUNE 15:  Antonio Bastardo #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees on June 15, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Phillies closer Ryan Madson had been currently placed on the 15-day disabled list. This leaves many question for the Phillies bullpen, especially on deciding which current member of the bullpen will assume the closer role since Jose Contreras has also be placed on the DL and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Another right-handed relief pitcher, Andrew Carpenter, was recalled from Lehigh Valley to take Madson's place on the current team's roster.  So far this season Andrew has gone 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA in 24 games for Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs

The best option to close out close games in the ninth inning is without a doubt Antonio Bastardo. He is currently 3-0 with an anemic 0.96 ERA over 28 innings. He deserves the job more than any other pitcher.

The other option could be right-hander Michael Stutes, but he has struggled a bit with his command as of late. Stutes would make a great option as the team's set-up man.

Bastardo also has 33 strikeouts in only 28 innings pitched, which is key for a successful closer in the big leagues. The more strikeouts the better when a pitcher comes in to close out a game. Also, opponents are only batting .120 against him and he has a .086 WHIP. In his 31 appearances this season, Antonio has only given up three earned runs.

If Bastardo does well in the closer role, the Phillies could look at him as the potential closer in seasons to come.