Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Chris Bassett, who achieved 200 innings of pitching, shared his thoughts.
Bassett started the final game of the series against the New York Yankees held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 29th (Korean time), and led the team to a 6-0 victory by allowing 5 hits, 1 walk, 12 strikeouts, and no runs in 7 2/3 innings.
By appearing on the mound that day, he completed exactly 200 innings. He is the first Toronto pitcher to throw 200 innings in a season since Marcus Stroman in 2017.
While standing in front of reporters after the game, he said, “I’m trying not to be emotional today,” and expressed the meaning of achieving the record, saying, “I think 200 innings is the benchmark for an elite pitcher.”
He said, “To pitch 200 innings, you have to gain the trust of a lot of people. A lot of people have to put in effort behind the scenes. “The club must also believe in me,” he said, adding that pitching 200 innings is “the only goal for me forever.”토토사이트
He received a standing ovation after striking out Aaron Judge in the 8th inning. He said, “People talk about Acuña’s name, but I still think Judge is the best player on the planet,” and that holding Judge for the last time was “something I will remember for the rest of my life.” “It’s worth it,” he said.
He also expressed his gratitude to the fans who gave him a standing ovation, saying, “He has received incredible support throughout the season.”
Manager John Schneider said of Bassett’s 200 innings of pitching, saying, “In today’s baseball, where there are so many good relievers, his accomplishments are truly remarkable.” He said, “If the score had been different, the situation would have been different, but even after the 7th inning, we continued to throw without any special conversation,” and he said there was no special conversation either.
“He’s intense, but he’s also someone who knows when to relax,” he said of Bassett. He has a bit of a quirky side. He wonders if he was probably born left-handed. He is also very competitive. “Everyone who worked with him on the New York Mets described him as incredibly competitive and a good teammate,” he said of his humanity.
“I needed to control my emotions,” Bassett said. Even at important moments, it was necessary to make decisions without being swayed by emotions. “Compared to last year, I feel like I’m doing really well this year,” he said, adding that he’s working on controlling his emotions.
The average fastball velocity is around 91-92 mph, and he competes with batters by pitching using a variety of pitches rather than velocity. “I am a player who throws differently from other pitchers. “I also want to have the status of Gausman, Kikuchi, and Berrios,” he said, explaining that he has his own way of survival.
He led the rotation with Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom for the New York Mets last season, but unfortunately lost to the San Diego Padres in the wild card round, the first round of the postseason.
Bassett, who still remembers that time, said, “I never chased 200 innings. We are chasing the postseason. After the season ended last year, he suffered from pain for a while. “From then on, I vowed to give the team that signs me the best chance to win every day,” he said, pledging not to repeat his pain last year.