While the Toronto Blue Jays just successfully wrapped up a three-game sweep over the New York Mets on the road, this hot stretch of play is not the only cause for celebration.
On Saturday before Game 2 between the Jays and Mets, right-hander Chris Bassitt was placed on the paternity list with Jay Jackson coming up from Buffalo to join the club in New York. Chris and his wife Jessica were expecting a baby any moment prior to his placement on the paternity list, and we are proud to share that baby Colson was born on Sunday.
In a post on Instagram from Bassitt's wife, Jessica, she shared pictures of her holding baby Colson with the couple's other child. From all of us over at Jays Journal, we congratulate the Bassitt family on all of the great news.
"Perfect weekend complete," Chris wrote in a post on Twitter. "Momma and Colson are doing great."
Of course, Bassitt had only just finished shutting down the Mets before he had to rush to the hospital to join his wife who was in labor. Chris was dominant in his start, going seven and two-thirds innings without allowing a run and striking out eight batters. He has been enjoying an outstanding season on the mound for the Blue Jays, going 6-4 with a 3.41 ERA and 121 ERA+ across 74 innings of work.
For the next few days, Bassitt will remain on the paternity list and could potentially miss his next start. This is purely speculation, but if another arm is not recalled from the minor leagues, the Blue Jays could opt to go for a bullpen day, perhaps led by Trevor Richards and Nate Pearson, who are both capable of going multiple innings at a time.
Bassitt joins catchers Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen as the most recent Blue Jays players to earn some additional "dad strenght". Jackson, who was recalled to replace Bassitt, also has a baby on the way.