Phillies Best Individual Seasons By Uniform Number (51 +)
58 – Jonathan Papelbon (2012)
Papeblon was a four-time All-Star in his first seven Major League seasons with the Boston Red Sox. He showed he was one of the most dominant closers in the league, three times posting an ERA under two, with a razor-thin 0.96 ERA in 2006.
The Phillies signed Papelbon as a free agent following the 2011 season and he paid immediate dividends. He was an All-Star and led the league in games finished with 64 in 2012, won five and saved 38 with an ERA of 2.44. In 70 innings he allowed only 56 hits with 92 strikeouts and only 18 walks.
Never a fan favorite due to his brash nature and quirkiness, Papelbon continued to deliver on the field, saving 68 over the next two seasons with an ERA of 2.04 in 2014. Despite an ERA of 1.57 in 2015, the Phillies traded Papelbon to the Washington Nationals for Nick Pivetta.
On August 13, 2016, Papelbon requested and was granted his release from the Nationals after posting an ERA of 4.37 with 19 saves in 37 games.
Papelbon hasn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since the release and has a career record of 41-36 with 368 saves and a 2.44 ERA.
59 – Antonio Bastardo (2011)
Bastardo began his Major League career as a starter but was inconsistent, pitching to a 6.46 ERA over five starts in his six appearances in 2009. Moving to the bullpen the following season, Bastardo appeared in 25 games and struck out 26 in only 18 2/3 innings.
The 2011 season proved to be the best of Bastardo’s career. The key left-hander out of the Phillies bullpen that season, Bastardo went 6-1 with eight saves and a 2.64 ERA. In 58 innings of work, he allowed a mere 28 hits, striking out 70.
Bastardo posted a record of 10-14 with the Phillies over the next three years and had a 2.32 ERA in 2013, but was never as dominant as he was during 2011. The Phillies traded Bastardo to the Pirates in November of 2014.
After two solid seasons with the Pirates, he was traded to the Mets, who in turn dealt Bastardo back to the Pirates. After just nine games and a trip to the DL, the Pirates designated Bastardo for assignment.
Bastardo was suspended for140 games in 2018 for testing positive for stanozolol, a banned performance-enhancing drug, and hasn’t pitched since.