Bastardo fired a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and a walk in Tuesday's matchup with Los Angeles. 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.
Bastardo tossed a scoreless eighth inning Saturday, his second straight day of action for the Mets. 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.
Bastardo's rough spring continued Thursday, as he allowed a run in two innings, the NY Post reports. 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.
Bustard's spring training struggles continued Sunday, as he allowed two runs - one earned - on a hit and two walks. 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.
Bastardo signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Mets. 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.