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Bastardo's crazy numbers

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Thursday performance of Antonio Bastardo allowed us to highlight what is on the verge of becoming a historic season for the 25-year-old lefthander.

Bastardo's crazy numbers

"I make the ball move where I want," Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo said. (David M Warren/Staff file photo)
"I make the ball move where I want," Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo said. (David M Warren/Staff file photo)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Thursday performance of Antonio Bastardo allowed us to highlight what is on the verge of becoming a historic season for the 25-year-old lefthander.

Maybe Friday was even better. Bastardo threw 18 pitches Thursday when facing four batters and recording five outs. Then, a day later, he was asked to pitch the eighth inning and retired the side in order on 16 pitches. His ERA is 1.35.

Why is that important? Well, come postseason play, Bastardo will likely be asked to pitch more than one inning at times. And then, since he's the only lefty, he could be summoned on back-to-back days.

His durability has been tested often this season, and so far he has passed every test.

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He lowered his batting average against to .110, which stands as the lowest ever among pitchers with at least 50 innings thrown in a single season.

Rk Player BA IP Year Age Tm G H R ER BB SO ERA ERA+ HR AB OPS
1 Antonio Bastardo .110 53.1 2011 25 PHI 56 19 8 8 19 66 1.35 290 4 173 .411
2 Eric Gagne .133 82.1 2003 27 LAD 77 37 12 11 20 137 1.20 337 2 279 .374
3 Carlos Marmol .135 87.1 2008 25 CHC 82 40 30 26 41 114 2.68 172 10 296 .508
4 Billy Wagner .135 74.2 1999 27 HOU 66 35 14 13 23 124 1.57 287 5 259 .420
5 Jeff Nelson .136 65.1 2001 34 SEA 69 30 21 20 44 88 2.76 152 3 221 .494
6 Jose Valverde .137 50.1 2003 25 ARI 54 24 16 12 26 71 2.15 219 4 175 .489
7 Hong-Chih Kuo .139 60.0 2010 28 LAD 56 29 8 8 18 73 1.20 321 1 208 .403
8 Grant Balfour .143 58.1 2008 30 TBR 51 28 10 10 24 82 1.54 287 3 196 .463
9 Jonathan Papelbon .146 58.1 2007 26 BOS 59 30 12 12 15 84 1.85 257 5 205 .463
10 Carlos Marmol .147 77.2 2010 27 CHC 77 40 23 22 52 138 2.55 171 1 272 .500
11 Joaquin Benoit .147 60.1 2010 32 TBR 63 30 10 9 11 75 1.34 295 6 204 .454
12 Troy Percival .147 74.0 1995 25 CAL 62 37 19 16 26 94 1.95 241 6 252 .475
13 Armando Benitez .148 76.0 2000 27 NYM 76 39 24 22 38 106 2.61 172 10 263 .559
14 Armando Benitez .148 78.0 1999 26 NYM 77 40 17 16 41 128 1.85 241 4 271 .496
15 Troy Percival .149 74.0 1996 26 CAL 62 38 20 19 31 100 2.31 213 8 255 .508
16 Takashi Saito .151 64.1 2007 37 LAD 63 33 10 10 13 78 1.40 319 5 218 .448
17 Armando Benitez .152 69.2 2004 31 FLA 64 36 11 10 21 62 1.29 319 6 237 .477
18 Sergio Santos .153 54.2 2011 27 CHW 53 29 16 16 25 77 2.63 160 3 189 .506
19 J.J. Putz .153 71.2 2007 30 SEA 68 37 11 11 13 82 1.38 319 6 242 .454
20 Rob Murphy .155 50.1 1986 26 CIN 34 26 4 4 21 36 0.72 546 0 168 .423

In total OPS against, Bastardo is bested only by Eric Gagne (.374) in 2003, Dennis Eckersley (.397) in 1990 and Hong-Chih Kuo (.403) in 2010. Bastardo's OPS against is .411. 


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