Chris Bassitt: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Basit missed his start Tuesday in the second inning after taking a line drive over the head.
The ball came from Chicago White Sox hitter Brian Goodwin with an exit speed of more than 100 mph. Basit fell to the ground before covering his face. He helped him and covered his face with a towel before taking him off the field.
The play loaded the bases with no outs in the innings. Basit was in place on the Burch Smith mound. The White Sox scored five runs in the innings to take a 5-0 lead.
Updated bass position of A in the next innings:
Chris Bassitt is conscious and aware, and is on his way to the hospital. We will provide additional information when possible.— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) August 18, 2021
Basit is the best pitcher in 24 Auckland this season with a 12-3 record, 3.06 era, and 3.5 years. Any prolonged absence is a big loss to Oakland’s rotation.
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Basit finished fifth in the game on Tuesday with a points bet of +2500 on the AL Sai Young Odds board. He lags behind Lance Lynn (-150), Gerrit Cole (+200), Carlos Rodan (+650), and Robbie Ray (+1300) and is ahead of teammate Sean Manea (+4000).
Auckland trailed Houston by 2 1/2 games in the AL West before the game started on Tuesday. If the postseason starts on Tuesday, Oakland will be the top wild card team in the American League by a percentage point over the Boston Red Sox. However, the Yankees are just a game. The Toronto Blue Jays are four games back, with the Seattle Mariners hanging back around five games.