Antonio Francisco (Rafael) Bastardo burst onto the prospect scene in 2007 as a starter in Class A. He pitched 96.2 innings, struck out 110 and only allowed 68 hits.
Injuries hampered him in ’08, but in ’09 he earned a much anticipated call-up as a starter. After flashing some brilliance in his first start, he struggled, and only made 5 starts for the team.
In 2010, he was converted to a reliever full-time and showed some great potential (12.5 K/9) and great lack of control (1.50 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9). And again, the injury bug bit.
2011 was/is an important season for Bastardo. His days as a starter were obvious numbered. His future depended on bullpen success, but the Phillies clearly had little trust in either his ability or ability to stay healthy, as they re-signed the not-very-good J.C Romero to be the premier lefty out of the bullpen. At 25, this was a make or break season for the lefty. And well, it looks like he’s made it.
Let’s start with the basic numbers, as they stand on July 20th.
39 appearances, 36.1 IP, 13 H, 4 ER, 14 BB, 43 K, 0.99 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, 7 saves
Now let’s break that down with some fun stats…
Note: This will assume that Bastardo gets to 50 IP on the season
- His 3.2 H/9 would be an MLB record for a pitcher with 50+ IP… by almost a full hit over juiced-up 2003 Eric Gagne (4.04)
- His 0.74 WHIP would be the 10th best in MLB history, just behind Pedro Martinez’ outrageous 2000 campaign
- His 0.99 ERA would be the 11th best in MLB history
- All 3 would obviously be Phillies team records
- From June 6th to July 15th, Bastardo pitched a 12 inning no-hitter, and only walked 2.
- Only one of Bastardo’s four ER have come with the Phillies up by less than 4 runs
- The Phillies won all 4 games in which Bastardo gave up a run
- Opposing hitters are hitting .107 against him this year. RHB hitting .092 with a .371 OPS.
- Per FanGraphs, his fastball rates as the 5th best in baseball this year
- His ERA+ of 385 would be tied for 9th best in MLB history
- In 75% of his appearances, he has not allowed a hit
- In 51% of his appearances, he has not allowed a baserunner
- He has only has a negative affect on the Phillies probability of winning the game (WPA) twice in 39 appearances