Toronto Blue Jays starter Chris Bassitt is celebrating after reaching 200 innings pitched.
Bassitt started the series finale against the New York Yankees on Monday (Sept. 29) at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and pitched 7 2/3 innings of five-hit ball with one walk and 12 strikeouts in a 6-0 victory.
With that start, he reached exactly 200 innings pitched. He is the first Toronto pitcher to throw 200 innings in a season since Marcus Stroman in 2017.
“I’m trying not to get too emotional today,” he told the media after the game, but he did talk about the significance of reaching the milestone, saying, “I think 200 innings is the benchmark for an elite pitcher.
“To get to 200 innings, you have to earn the trust of a lot of people. A lot of people have to work hard behind the scenes. The team has to believe in me,” he said, adding that pitching 200 innings is “the only goal for me forever.”
“People say Aquino’s name, but I still think he’s the best player on the planet,” he said, coming off to a standing ovation after striking out Aaron Judge in the eighth inning, adding that catching Judge one last time was “something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
He also thanked the fans for the standing ovation, saying he’s had “unbelievable support throughout the season.”
Manager John Schneider said of Bassitt’s 200 innings pitched, “In today’s game, where there are so many good bullpen arms, his accomplishment is truly remarkable.” “If the score had been different, it would have been different, but he kept pitching after the seventh inning,” he said, noting that there was no special conversation.
Of Bassett, he said, “He’s intense, but he also knows when to relax. He’s a little quirky. Maybe he should have been born left-handed. At the same time, he’s competitive. Every single person who has worked with him at the New York Mets has described him as unbelievably competitive and a great teammate,” he says of his humanity.
“He needed to control his emotions. I needed to be able to make decisions in big moments and not let my emotions get the best of me. I think that’s something that’s been working really well for me this year compared to last year,” he said, adding that he’s been working on controlling his emotions.
“I throw differently than other pitchers,” he said, noting that his fastball averages 91-92 mph and he uses a variety of pitches to compete with hitters. I want to have the stuff of Gaussman or Kikuchi or Berrios,” he said, explaining that he has his own way of surviving.카지노사이트
Last season with the New York Mets, he led a rotation with Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom, but the Mets fell to the San Diego Padres in the first round of the postseason, the Wild Card round.
“I was never chasing 200 innings. I was chasing the postseason. I was in pain for a while after the season ended last year, and since then I’ve been determined to give the team that signs me the best chance to win every day,” he said, vowing not to repeat last year’s heartbreak.