Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo, to the surprise of many, is still a Phillie after the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. The fact he is still in Philadelphia is something he discussed with Ryan Lawrence of The Philadelphia Daily News.
I think it could be good for me to stay here, but I think it could be better going somewhere else," Bastardo told Lawrence Wednesday night. "We have two young lefties here, and they can do a really good job. A third lefty in the bullpen... I think for my career - for my career - I should be somewhere else."
Bastardo has been a lightning rod for criticism in recently as he has had light-out outings but has also imploded. His inconsistency has really irked fans. It also doesn't help that these comments almost a year to the day after he was suspended for 50 games for performance-enhancing drugs.
Bastardo, 28, is 5-4 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 49 games this season for the Phillies. Opponents are batting just .174 off of Bastardo with a minuscule .239 batting average on balls in play. In six seasons with the Phillies, Bastardo is 20-15 with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 257 games.
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