The New York Mets are red-hot thanks in large part to the success of their starting rotation.
Though they are without Jacob deGrom, who is arguably the best pitcher in the game today, they don’t seem to have skipped a beat.
One night after Max Scherzer dominated the St. Louis Cardinals over seven shutout innings, New York’s other new acquisition, Chris Bassitt, followed in his footsteps, shutting St. Louis out over six innings, allowing just two hits.
The Mets have now won all six of their first series in 2022, but when asked about how he felt about the team’s early success, Bassitt kept things and perspective and had the perfect response.
Chris Bassitt, when asked about the Mets setting a franchise record by winning their first six series of the year:
"I'm more excited about the last six series of the year than the first six."
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 27, 2022
Mets Remain Focused On Bigger Picture
It’s no secret everyone around the Mets’ organization is excited about the way the team has started.
However, Bassitt is correct to have this mindset.
What happens early in the season is inconsequential compared to what happens towards the end.
The Mets are obviously thrilled with the way things are going, but their mindset is that there are more important games coming and that they need to stay focused for those.
New York’s pitching has led the way in St. Louis as they handed the Cardinals their first series loss in 2022 and look for a sweep at Busch Stadium for the first time since April of 2007.
Bassitt and Scherzer have picked up the slack after deGrom went down and have the Mets sitting pretty in the NL East at the moment.
Their pitching has led them to a 14-5 start, which is the best record in all of baseball.
But as Bassitt said, the team remains focused on winning as many games as possible and being in playoff position by the end of the season.