Chris Bassitt’s early career as a Mets starter did not go unnoticed.
He had his highs, like the four wins and one no-decision he won in which he didn’t allow more than one point on his watch in those games.
He had some tough lows, like the two losses and two other no-decision games in which he allowed three or more earned runs. The worst of those outings came in San Francisco against the Giants on May 24, when his ERA soared to 3.91 after allowing eight earned runs on eight hits.
He’s always played a big role, now six Met wins, if you include his quality starts that resulted in two no-decisions. Sunday was certainly a welcome rebound for Bassitt from his last brutal outing in San Francisco – made more special with the Mets’ 10-inning win over the Phillies.
“It was good. Much better. Me and [Jeremy Hefner] worked hard all week fixing some things both mechanically and especially for left-handed hitters.
Bassitt said he struggled to find the right off-speed pitch to throw to left-handed hitters because he hadn’t really had many opportunities to do so in his seven AHL seasons.
“Obviously there are quality left-handed hitters in the AL,” Bassitt said, “but the best left-handed hitters are in the NL… Just an adjustment. I give Hef a ton of credit for sticking with me and trusting me and saying “this is what you do”.
Bassitt struck out six of his first seven batters on Sunday before loading the bases on a double, to left-hander Odubel Herrera, and back-to-back walks, to hitter Johan Camargo and left-hander Kyle Schwarber, in the third inning. The Mets bailed him out by turning a double play on Alec Bohm’s grounder, which still allowed Herrera to score. He came out of the inning after walking another hitter, southpaw Bryce Harper, and striking out Nick Castellanos.
He left the mound breathing a sigh of relief that the round was over and the damage had been kept to a minimum.
“A few breaks,” Bassitt said of that long run, saying he was able to remember thanks to a replay break and Hef visiting the mound. “I got lucky with that one.”
The Phillies worked Bassitt a little harder after that inning — he hit 100 pitches late in the sixth inning — but he waived subsequent innings after the third as no problem. He attributed his rebound from the difficult single inning to conditioning pitchers.
He managed to finish with just one earned run on two hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in six innings.
“I really want to start eating a lot more rounds than just six rounds. I’m sick of only doing six,” Bassitt said. “But you build your pitch up to this point, it kind of sucks.”