The 24-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.89 ERA through eight starts and 10 appearances entering his start Friday against the Mets at Citi Field.
"The team you projected, you work so hard in Spring Training to get that continuity, that team aspect," manager Bud Black said. "When you start to get away from that and add a lot of new pieces, it becomes challenging."
Based on last season's limited experience, Bass' strong start is on point with projections entering his first full season in San Diego. He has allowed more than two runs in only two of his eight starts this season after posting a 1.68 ERA through 27 appearances between the bullpen and rotation last season.
Mets starter Dillon Gee is experiencing a more up-and-down campaign after going 13-6 with a 4.43 ERA in his first full season in the Mets' rotation last year.
He enters the matchup at Citi Field coming off a win against the Blue Jays, despite saying he had little control of his pitches over 6 2/3 innings. Still, it was a much-improved effort after he allowed a combined 11 runs over 11 innings in his previous two outings.
Gee was strong in his only career start against the Padres, though.
The right-hander threw 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball to earn a win last season at Petco Park, while Bass allowed one run in four innings of relief against the Mets.
San Diego: Cabrera continues to emerge
Black hoped Everth Cabrera's two hits Wednesday against the Cardinals would spark the recently recalled infielder, and another multi-hit performance Thursday against the Mets seems to indicate it did.
Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a double in the series opener. The four hits is a career high for the 25-year-old.
New York: Ike set to stay
Manager Terry Collins told Ike Davis on Wednesday night he will remain with the big league club despite his early struggles, and Davis responded Thursday with a pinch-hit single that drove in two runs.
Davis had only 23 hits in 42 games before that, and Collins indicated earlier that a trip to the Minor Leagues was not out of the question. Collins reassured Davis that would not happen any time soon, but Davis did not start the series opener. Vinny Rottino got the start at first base and went 0-for-3 before giving way to Davis.
Collins made it clear Davis is not part of a platoon, but he will look for positive matchups to jump-start the 25-year-old, who had a .271 career average through 183 games entering this season.
Neither Davis nor Rottino faced Bass before, but Davis has a more favorable matchup as a left-handed hitter against the right-handed Bass.
A second-inning run Thursday for the Mets marked the sixth time in their past seven games they scored in the first two innings, but it was not enough to beat the Padres. They are now 13-6 on the season when scoring first.
David Wright's first-inning double Thursday gave the Mets at least one double in 17 consecutive games and helped increase their National League-best total to 85. Wright later homered and singled, bringing his average to .405.
Yonder Alonso's double Thursday marked the 23rd time in the past 26 games he hit safely, as his average continues to climb from the .196 mark it was at on April 24.