Phillies LHP Antonio Bastardo was a pleasant surprise this week posting a 2-0 record, a 2.45 ERA, and a 9/2 K/BB ratio. He defeated Jake Peavy, who was apparently struck with illness after giving up 4 runs, hmmm?
Then he defeated former Phillie Randy Wolf. Not too shabby. He can thank his offense for giving him support both games, but he pitched well as his starts show. Considering he started in AA as a reliever this season Bastardo has looked like a viable option to hang around for a while, but will he?
We've all heard the trade rumors of Peavy, Penny, Bedard, Oswalt and a rediculous thought that the Blue Jays would trade Roy "Doc" Hallady.
- Peavy is not coming to the east coast, especially to pitch at "the Bank"
- The Red Sox apparently want top Phils prospect SS Jason Donald. No thanks, not for a No. 5 starter with a No. 5 ERA
- Bedard? Well lets just say Bedard wouldn't mesh well with the Phils chemistry, nor would he mesh with any teams chemistry. The guys a douche.
- The Wizard of Os, not likely to be traded unless big bucks are forked over
- Halladay. Point Blank, is not an option
So my point here is that unless the Phillies are planning on giving up top prospects, or spend more money than they ever have on a midseason pickup, it looks like Bastardo has a chance to prove he belongs in the rotation.
I like what Ruben Amaro Jr. has done with him and I believe he will stick around a while. The only concern with a young guy is the amount of innings he can throw in his first year.
Let's hope Bastardo can keep it up.