8) Best pitchers in the NL East: Chris Bassitt
This past offseason, the Mets traded pitching prospects J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller to the Athletics in exchange for Chris Bassitt. The Mets have been one of the best teams in baseball all season in large part due to their pitching. The only consistent starting pitcher who has not had to miss time due to injury is Chris Bassitt.
Jacob deGrom has only made four starts. Max Scherzer missed seven weeks. Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker are hurt right now. Tylor Megill has missed months. Bassitt is the guy who has held this rotation together by giving the Mets length and quality innings virtually every time he pitches.
Things didn't start super well for Bassitt as he had rough starts particularly against the NL West. Since June 14th, in a span of 11 starts, Bassitt has been one of the best pitchers in the National League.
He's gone 7-3 with a 2.11 ERA in 72.2 innings pitched. He's lowered his ERA from 4.48 to 3.26. He's gone at least six innings in every start but one, and in that one start he didn't allow a run in five innings against the Phillies.
Bassitt was coming off of a year where he finished tenth in the AL Cy Young Award voting, and he would've finished higher if he wasn't hit in the face with a line drive.
Bassitt is one of the more underrated pitchers in the game because he doesn't have the triple digit fastball that deGrom and Strider have. He's a control pitcher who mixes up his pitches so well to keep hitters off balance. He's been the perfect third starter for this Mets team and I'd put him up against any other third starter in a playoff game.