The New York Mets traded for Chris Bassitt to try and bolster what was already an outstanding rotation. With Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer healthy, the Mets had the best rotation in baseball on paper.
Unfortunately, deGrom and Scherzer have both missed substantial time. Despite that, the Mets are 30+ games above .500 and that's thanks in large part to Bassitt.
Chris Bassitt has turned into the best third starter in baseball with his outstanding 2022 season. I'd take him in any Game 3 in any postseason series.
1) Stat that proves we can trust Chris Bassitt: When he pitches, the Mets win.
Chris Bassitt has made 26 starts. In those 26 starts the Mets are 18-8. They've beaten playoff teams like the Braves, Phillies, Cardinals, Mariners, and Dodgers.
The Mets have won eight straight Bassitt starts thanks in large part to Bassitt keeping the Mets in games against great competition.
2) Stat that proves we can trust Chris Bassitt: The Mets are never out of a game he starts.
In his 26 starts, Bassitt has allowed more than four runs on just three occasions. Bassitt has had three other starts in which he has allowed four runs exactly. This means in his 20 other starts he's allowed three runs or fewer. Even with this Mets offense being a little streaky at times, Bassitt has given them every opportunity to win games.
In addition to his effectiveness at limiting runs, he also gives them length. He's gone at least six innings 21 times, with two other starts seeing him finish one out shy of completing six innings.
The Mets can rely on him to give them six innings with three runs or fewer. That is by its very definition, a quality start.
3) Stat that proves we can trust Chris Bassitt: He's improved as the season has progressed.
Chris Bassitt had an up and down start to the season. He pitched really well in the month of April but hit a bit of a skid in late May and early June. He went through a four-start stretch which saw him allow 19 runs in 19.2 innings pitched. Since that rough patch, Bassitt has pitched like the all-star he was in 2021.
Since June 14th, Bassitt has gone 9-3 with a 2.32 ERA.. That 2.32 ERA would be second in the National League if it had been throughout the whole season. That's a large sample size that has included more than half of his starts.
He's pitched to a 2.75 FIP which suggests the ERA is no fluke. He's averaged 6.64 innings pitched in that stretch as well which is unbelievable.
This large stretch of starts has included games against the Dodgers, Padres, Braves, and two starts against the Phillies. He's pitched well in all of those starts against the cream of the crop in the National League and the Mets have gone 11-3 in those 14 outings.
A lot of teams search for a legit ace, the Mets have three with the way Bassitt has pitched. This is what makes the Mets a true World Series contender. With the injuries and inconsistencies, this rotation has had this season, Bassitt has been the one constant all season long.