Chris Bassitt has focus in right place for Oakland A’s
By David Hill
The expectation is that Chris Bassitt will be one of the Oakland A’s representatives in the All Star Game. He has truly come into his own over the past few years, emerging as the surprising ace of team. His excellent production has continued this season, making that first trip to the Mid-Summer Classic seem to be a given.
However, that is not where his focus is. Instead, Bassitt has been focused on not only winning every game possible, but on chasing down the Astros to take over the lead in the AL West.
Chris Bassitt has focus on right areas
That approach has been working for Bassitt. He has been a great story since finally getting his chance, and remaining healthy, in 2019, transforming from a failed prospect to one of the better starters in the game. Although he was already 30 years old at the time, and has battled through numerous injuries, his best seasons seem to be ahead of him.
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If that is the case, then his future is bright indeed. Bassitt has been impressive this season, posting a 9-2 record with a 3.04 ERA and a 1.031 WHiP over his 106.2 innings. He has struck out 109 batters for a career best 9.2 K/9 rate while issuing only 27 walks and nine homers on the year.
Bassitt has been more than just his numbers. He has been a vital part of the A’s success, an actual workhorse at a time when few remain. His 106.2 innings leads the American League, and his 17 starts are the most in the majors. Not only is he taking the ball every fifth day, but he is giving Oakland the opportunity to rest an overworked bullpen.
In Bassitt’s case, his value goes beyond the box score. Most players with that caveat tend to be viewed as scrappy, invaluable veteran options, but no one that would ever be considered for an All Star Game. Bassitt is from a different mold, as his production is more than worthy of such an honor, even if he is more valuable than his raw statistics would indicate.
Chris Bassitt deserves to be one of the Oakland A’s at the All Star Game. However, his focus is on getting the A’s back atop the division.