Chris Bassitt’s early career as a Mets starter has not gone unnoticed.
It’s had its highs, like the four wins and one no decision he picked up in which he did not allow more than one run to score on his watch in those games.
It’s had some tough lows, like the two losses plus two more no decision games in which he gave up three or more earned runs. The worst of those outings came in San Francisco against the Giants on May 24, when his ERA his shot up to 3.91 after giving up eight earned runs on eight hits.
He’s still played a big part of, now six Met wins, if you include his quality starts that resulted in two no decisions. Sunday certainly was a welcome rebound for Bassitt from his last brutal outing in San Francisco—made more special with the Mets’ 10-inning, walk-off win over the Phillies.
“It was good. A lot better. Me and [Jeremy Hefner] worked our butt off this whole week just fixing some things up both mechanically and especially to lefty hitters.”
Bassitt said he’s been struggling to find the right off-speed pitch to throw to lefty batters, since he didn’t really have many opportunities to do so over seven seasons playing in the American League.
“Obviously there’s some quality lefty hitters in the AL,” Bassitt said, “but the best lefty hitters are in the NL… Just been an adjustment. I give Hef a ton of credit for sticking with me and trusting me and saying ‘this is what you do.’”
Bassitt retired six of his first seven batters on Sunday before loading the bases on a double, to lefty Odubel Herrera, and back to back walks, to switch-hitter Johan Camargo and lefty 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 got out of the inning after walking one more batter, lefty Bryce Harper, and striking out Nick Castellanos.
He walked off the mound breathing a sigh of relief that the inning was over and the damage was kept to a minimum.
“Couple breaks,” Bassitt said of that long inning, saying he was able to recollect himself thanks to a replay break and Hef making a visit to the mound. “I got lucky with that one.”
The Phillies made Bassitt work some more after that inning—he reached 100 pitches by the end of the sixth inning—but he waved off the following innings after the third as not being a problem. He attributed his bounce his back from the one rough inning to the conditioning pitchers do.
He was able to finish with just the one earned run on two hits with three batters walked and seven strikeouts over six innings.
“I really wanna start eating a lot more innings than six innings. I’m tired of going just six,” Bassitt said. “But you rack your pitch count up that high, it kind of sucks.”