Bascom Succeeding in Both Roles

ITO interviews Baysox pitcher Tim Bascom about his dual role as starter and reliever.

Nearly five months into the season Tim Bascom, now in his fifth professional season, enters every series with one question, am I starting or relieving?

Bascom, bouncing from the pen to the rotation, has appeared in 21 games this season for the Baysox, starting nine and relieving the remaining 12.

Excluding this season, Bascom has been predominately a starter in his time with the Orioles organization. He certainly prefers to start since he is more comfortable in that role, but relishes the opportunity of entering the game when his team needs him the most.

“It's fun coming into a tight ball game with the adrenaline pumping,” he said.

But as much as Bascom enjoys the pressure of being a reliever, it has required an adjustment to his daily routine.

“You just adapt to not being in the rotation. You can't really do a lot of working out and tough running. You have to be ready every game. Starting you know your pitching every five days so you can throw your bullpen and run after. It's more a routine as starter, but I like both,” Bascom said.

No matter his role, Bascom has found success this season. Recording a 6-2 record with 2.92 ERA. Bascom has struck out 63 batters, allowing 23 walks, and holding opposing hitters to a measly .224 batting average.

A possible reason for Bascom's success could be his relationship with Baysox pitching coach, Kennie Steenstra.

“Kennie has been the best coach I've had. He's been with me every year except 2007. He knows exactly what tell me to do and what I'm doing wrong.”

With Kennie's help, and consistent pitching, Bascom earned a trip to the Double-A All-Star game, the first All-Star appearance of his career.

“It was really fun, I didn't know what to expect. They really pulled out the red carpet for us. They put us in a great hotel, and the banquet was awesome. We walked across the street and they had a big party for us with all kinds of great food. I had a great time. It was really neat interacting with guys that you play against, but you don't really know that well. It was fun just messing around and hanging out with them.”

Now with first half and the All-Star game behind him, Bascom shifts his attention to helping the Baysox secure a spot in the post-season.

Bascom knows in order to achieve this goal he must continue to be consistent.

“There are still a few things I need to work on. I'm just trying to get better every pitch, every inning, and every game. My mentality is to go at it, no matter who [is hitting]. I'm just trying to get outs. In past years I've fizzled out as the years gone on. This season I want to finish strong, and keep doing what I'm doing now.”

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