Chris Bassitt Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 5" / 217 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 2/22/1989 (32)
Chris Bassitt Season Stats
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Chris Bassitt News
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt allowed one earned run in 3 1/3 innings in a no-decision versus the Mariners on Tuesday night. Bassitt was lucky to only allow the one run as he walked three and allowed three hits before being removed with runners on base in the fourth inning. The fact Bassitt is back on the mound after taking a line drive to the face is admirable, but he hasn't been as effective as he was prior to getting hurt. Bassitt has thrown less than 70 pitches in both of his starts back and takes on a tough Houston lineup on Sunday. He can be avoided in fantasy for that start.
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (face) threw three shutout innings in his triumphant return from a facial injury after he was hit with a line drive on August 17. Bassitt allowed just one hit and one walk while picking up four strikeouts on 48 pitches. The right-hander was having a career year before landing on the IL. Bassitt is 12-4 on the season with a 3.16 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, and 9.2 K/9, the first time in his career he's averaged more than a strikeout-per-inning. Fantasy managers that held on to Bassitt should feel comfortable starting him next week at Seattle.
The Oakland Athletics have activated starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (face) from the injured list. He is set to start Thursday's game against the Seattle Mariners. The team placed relief pitcher Sam Moll on the paternity list in a corresponding move. Bassitt was sidelined for about a month. He suffered multiple facial fractures after being hit in the face by a comebacker off the bat of Chicago White Sox outfielder Brian Goodwin. Bassitt has had a fantastic season (apart from the broken face part). Over 25 games, he's gone 12-4 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. There's been no indication that he'll be on a strict pitch count for Thursday's game, so he's worth firing up in all fantasy leagues.
Oakland Athletics starter Chris Bassitt may not be a household name, but the 31-year-old righty quietly posted the third-lowest ERA in the American League last season, behind just Shane Bieber and Dallas Keuchel. Unlike Bieber and Kuechel, Bassitt doesn't have any Cy Young hardware to his name. In fact, Bassitt has only made more than 13 starts once in a season, which has fantasy players understandably skeptical of his long-term sustainability. Not only is Bassitt unproven, he also lacks the skills traditionally valued by fantasy managers, chiefly the dominant strikeout rate we fantasy players crave. Bassitt had just a 21.1% strikeout rate in 2020, which is underwhelming in the current strikeout-heavy era. Instead, Bassitt gets it done with a solid five-pitch mix of a four-seam fastball, sinker, cutter, changeup, and curveball to induce weak contact and groundballs. That's Bassitt's aim, and while his 88.2 MPH average exit velocity and 43.8% groundball rate are good, they aren't the elite number we'd expect to see to go along with his sparkling 2.29 ERA from a year ago. His career 6.4% barrel rate and 0.93 HR/9 should be enough to keep Bassitt from imploding and losing his spot in Oakland's rotation, but he won't sniff an ERA below 3.00 in a full season. It wouldn't be surprising to see him come crashing back to earth with a final ERA above 4.00 in 2021 either. Pair that with a poor strikeout rate, and his best asset as a starter is stability, which isn't too promising since he's never made it above 150 innings in a single season. He isn't a horrible pick at 193.09 (per NFBC ADP), but lacks the upside we hunt for late in drafts.