Antonio Bastardo RP NYM 3 weeks ago

Bastardo fired a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and a walk in Tuesday's matchup with Los Angeles.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bastardo holds a 1.46 ERA over his last 11 appearances and has racked up five holds during that span. The 30-year-old also holds a 2.30 ERA on the season along with a 11.49 K/9 ratio. As long as the lefty continues to limit runs and strike out batters, he should remain a focal point of the Mets' bullpen during 2016.

Antonio Bastardo RP NYM 2 months ago

Bastardo tossed a scoreless eighth inning Saturday, his second straight day of action for the Mets.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bastardo, signed to a two-year, $12 million deal this offseason by the Mets, had a rough spring training. He opened the season down the Mets' bullpen depth chart, though he was acquired to set up Jeurys Familia. Bastardo tossed a scoreless ninth in Friday's 7-1 blowout but saw his first action in a tight game Saturday. These two solid outings could move him back up the bullpen pecking order.

Antonio Bastardo RP NYM 2 months ago

Bastardo's rough spring continued Thursday, as he allowed a run in two innings, the NY Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said after the game that he believes Bastardo has been "over-rotating with the baseball" which affects his velocity and the movement on his pitches. Whatever the cause, Bastardo has a 7.00 ERA and just a bit more than a week to resolve the problem.

Antonio Bastardo RP NYM 2 months ago

Bustard's spring training struggles continued Sunday, as he allowed two runs - one earned - on a hit and two walks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bastardo now has an 8.10 ERA this spring. While it is just spring training, his struggles have to raise the concern needle slightly. Bastardo is still penciled in - along with Addison Reed - to set up Jeurys Familia but if his struggles continue, he could be moved to a middle relief role.

Antonio Bastardo RP NYM 4 months ago

Bastardo signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Mets.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bastardo will be the lefty set-up man pairing with Addison Reed to be the bridge to Jeurys Familia. He signed for one year and $6 mil less than Tony Sipp received from the Astros. Bastardo held lefties to a .167 battling average last season.

Antonio Bastardo RP NYM 11 months ago

Bastardo earned his first save of the year Wednesday, striking out two batters while walking one in a scoreless ninth inning against the Padres.

With the Pirates holding a three-run lead and both Mark Melancon and Tony Watson having pitched the night before, Bastardo got the call to nail down the win. He worked around a leadoff walk, striking out Melvin Upton and Will Middlebrooks before inducing a groundball from Derek Norris to end the contest. The 29-year-old has now made a scoreless appearance in nine of his last 10 chances on the mound.

Antonio Bastardo RP NYM 11 months ago

Bastardo who was bombed for a three-run dinger by J.D. Martinez on Thursday, allowed three earned runs while recording just two outs.

Manager Clint Hurdle had wanted to give Tony Watson the day off, but Bastardo's ineffectiveness forced the skipper's hand. The runs were the first permitted on the road (in 11 IP) and inflated his earned-run average to 4.18.

Antonio Bastardo RP NYM 11 months ago

Bastardo earned his third hold of the season Saturday, compiling 1.2 scoreless innings against the Braves.

He still seems like a risk to implode in any outing, but the lefty is finally earning some of his $3.1 million contract. He appears to be slowly gaining the trust of Manager Clint Hurdle.

Antonio Bastardo RP NYM 11 months ago

Bastardo recorded his second win in as many days Sunday, allowing one hit in a scoreless inning against the Phillies.

A long homestand and extensive bullpen use forced Pittsburgh to go with Bastardo and he has responded. For the first time in a Pirates uniform, Bastardo has looked comfortable. He's given up one earned run in his last six outings, a span of 5.2 innings. The lefty still slots behind several other bullpen options, but he's beginning to pitch like he has in past seasons.

Antonio Bastardo RP NYM 12 months ago

Bastardo earned his first win with Pittsburgh on Friday, throwing a shutout inning against the Phillies.

He hasn't earned the trust of manager Clint Hurdle, but the Bucs ran out of arms Friday and sent Bastardo on the mound against his former mates. Pittsburgh is paying the lefty $3.1 million in 2015, so it will continue to work him through his woes.