West coast trip. I’m going to attempt to focus on Bastardo’s raw stuff tonight, as well as his mechanics and what I see. I’ll update this post during the game. Discuss his start here.
Here is the Gameday link, which will allow you to see his velocity and the break of his pitches.
Im going to put a break in here, and I’ll start updates below that.
10:00 PM – Excited to see his stuff, Im sure he’s going to be nervous. Has to throw strikes, obviously.
10:24: 93, 93, 94, 95, 94, 95.
10:31: 16 fastballs that inning, average velocity was 94.3 MPH. That’s impressive. Obviously his command isn’t there, we’ll credit that to nerves. Will be interesting to see if he can maintain this velocity. It had to be adrenaline working there.
11:28: Fourth inning, over 70 pitches now, and his fastball is back down to the 90-91 range, but hes commanding it better.
11:47: Im guessing he’s done, or close to it. His delivery looked relatively smooth tonight, he shows the ball kind of early, but it looked like guys weren’t getting good swings against him. His velo early was probably the result of adrenaline, but he was still 90-92 thereafter, and was commanding it a bit better. Didn’t see much of his changeup, his slider looked average. All in all, not too bad, and should buy him another start.