Chris Bassitt was sure as hell back last night. To be completely honest, I still don't believe It happened. Last night made me want to bet on the New York Mets all of the time!
The day began with Max Scherzer's announcement that he was returning to the team to undergo rehab in New York. This would allow Scherzer to continue to be with the team. First, I thought: "Great, Scherzer's getting closer!" Second, I thought about how the rest of the rotation, most notably Chris Bassitt, had seen their ERA rise since Scherzer was away. My third thought was about the conversations the Mets' starting pitchers would have after each starter was pulled from the game. When they were having their conversations, we all looked in the dugout and discussed how amazing it was that all these pitchers could learn from Max Scherzer's experience. Then all of a sudden, he was going to Florida rehab. It's supposed to have been a coincidence that the conversations stopped and the ERA of the other starting rotations went up at the same moment.
If Bassitt had gone 6 and 2/3's and given up two runs to me, I would probably have climbed on my blogger horse and shouted "SEE !???!?". MAX SCHERZER IS GIVING HIM THAT SWEET, SWEET ADVICE, AND NOW CHRIS BASSITT'S BACK, BABY!!! INTANGIBLES MOTHER F*CKER "But eight shutout innings that seemed to be on the level of MLB The Show on Superstar? It just seems too simple. It could have been eight shutout innings. It could have been Max's valuable advice. It could also have been that the Mets had some time off (although Bassitt appeared to be on normal rest). He could also have been facing the Brewers, whose third hitter is Rowdy Tellez and whose fifth hitter was someone I didn't know was with the Brewers.
However, I will push my chips to the middle of the table because Scherzer's tangibles are a difference for Bassitt. Max will confirm my belief.