Antonio Bastardo set for new role
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2013) With a new role and an improved mindset, Phillies relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo is aiming for his finest season in 2013. The hard-throwing lefty appeared in a career-high 65 games last year and fanned 14.02 hitters per nine innings, behind only Craig Kimbrel (16.6) and Aroldis Chapman (15.3) among NL relievers (minimum 10 games).
"I need to push myself harder," he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I'm that kind of guy, if I let myself hang around, I do badly. ... When everything is right, it doesn't matter what hitter is up there."
Despite his glowing numbers, Bastardo will not serve as the setup man this year as that title has been bestowed to Mike Adams, who joined the club in the offseason. The Phillies believe Bastardo will benefit from the presence of the veteran right-hander and the comfort of a position with less stress.
"Mike Adams is going to be good for Antonio," pitching coach Rich Dubee said.