Even before the official Toronto debut, I couldn’t erase my anxiety. However, as he goes on the mound, he doubles his sense of stability. Looking at his recent pace, he is a one-two punch along with Yusei Kikuchi. 4-5 picks are more stable than 1-3 picks.
Chris Bassett 메이저놀이터(34) won a complete victory with 2 hits, 8 strikeouts and 2 walks in 9 innings in a home game against the 2023 Major League Atlanta Braves held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 13th (hereinafter Korean time). He lowered his earned run average to 3.49.
Bassit’s shutout win is the first in two years since the Los Angeles Angels match on May 28, 2021, when he was in the Oakland Athletics (9 innings, 2 hits, 9 strikeouts, 1 walk, no runs). That year, Bassett made a big success with an average ERA of 3.15 with 12 wins and 4 losses in 27 games. He gained momentum and was good with the New York Mets last year, going 15-9 with a 3.42 ERA in 30 games.
Toronto believed in the performance of the past two years and gave Bassett a three-year, $63 million (approximately 84.7 billion won) contract. So far it is going successfully. In his debut game, April 3, against the St. Louis Cardinals, after 3⅓ innings of 10 hits (4 homers) and 9 runs, he established a quality start in 6 out of 7 games. His performance in seven games, excluding his debut, is 5 wins and 1 loss with an ERA of 1.99, the highest level in the American League.
In particular, Bassett stands out in that it is winning and winning with a super-slow curve in the major leagues where 160km missiles fly unusually. He averages four-seams in the low 90s with a slider, cutter and sweeper. He’s 93 to 94 mph even at full power.
With rapid adjustment and ever-changing pitch design, he occasionally shot 93 to 4 miles even in the late game. Throughout the game, he messed with Atlanta hitters’ heads. With 103 balls he ended his 9th innings, with a whopping 70 strikes. Only 7 curves were used.
Bassett dropped his first pitch curve to 69.3 mph on leadoff hitter Travis Arnold in the third inning. Later, in the 5th inning, with 1 company and 1st and 2nd bases, he gave a walk to Michael Harris III, and the last ball was a 109.1 km super-slow curve. Although it was formed high outside the strike zone, it was a course and speed that was difficult to predict as a hitter.
Bassett mixed the curve little by little in the 7th to 9th innings as well. When dealing with Sean Murphy in the 9th inning with no runners on the 2nd, he threw a 72.3 mile curveball with 2S and 3 pitches, striking out with a swing. He curves from 109km to 116km, so his fastball in the early 140km has the effect of feeling very fast. Backed by stable command, he recorded a two-hit shutout.
According to MLB.com, a Toronto pitcher’s 9-inning shutout is only 1176 games since Mark Buell on June 4, 2015. The 9-inning complete game was also Marcus Stroman’s last on April 24, 2017. In the end, for Toronto, the three-year, $63 million contract with Bassett is showing signs of becoming a profitable contract. There is a possibility that the graph will be broken due to his not small age, but his start this season is quite good.