Now, he is trying to go beyond the ‘ghost forkball’ and establish himself as an ace representing the major league.
Kodai Senga (30), a Japanese right-handed pitcher who played in Japanese professional baseball until last year, entered the Major League stage wearing a New York Mets uniform this year. The result was a huge success. Senga, who appeared as a starting pitcher in all 27 games this season, is performing better than expected with 11 wins, 7 losses, and an average ERA of 2.95 while pitching 155⅓ innings and striking out 191.
Now, there are even voices saying that Senga should be mentioned as a candidate for the National League Cy Young Award. The official Major League Baseball website (MLB.com) covered the topic of ’10 players who deserve more love this season’ on the 20th (Korean time). It focuses on players who are so underrated. Senga’s name was also included among the 10 people.
“Senga should be mentioned as one of the Cy Young Award candidates in the National League,” said MLB.com. “It’s not just a story about a ‘ghost forkball.’ Senga gets most of the headlines with his great pitching, but he “He should make a lot more headlines as one of the best pitchers in the league,” he said, arguing that Senga should be recognized for his skills alone, not just as a player with a buzz about the “ghost forkball.”
In fact, Senga has solidified his position as a starting pitcher to watch in this year’s league. This is also evident in his records. ‘MLB.com’ said, “Senga, the Mets’ ace, is 3rd in the National League in ERA, 8th in the league in strikeouts, 4th in K/9, and 3rd in Wins Contribution Above Replacement (WAR) based on Baseball-Reference. He talked about the value of Senga, saying, “It occupies.”
In addition, ‘MLB.com’ also emphasized that Senga has an excellent ability to prevent runs. “Senga is the second best pitcher in the National League at preventing runs after Blake Snell. The funny thing is, this season, Senga (27 runs prevented) is ahead of Justin Verlander (15 runs prevented) and Max Scherzer (12 runs prevented). ‘It is worth as much as the sum of it,’ explains ‘MLB.com’. He mentioned Verlander and Scherzer, who have now left the Mets, and added that Senga is also showing pitching just as good as them.메이저사이트
The regular season has already reached its end. Senga is still in excellent condition. His most recent appearance was against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the 15th. At that time, Senga pitched 6 innings, allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 10 and allowing no runs. Of course, being the winning pitcher was also his responsibility.
Senga’s highest speed on this day was 98.3 miles (158 km). Even though it’s the end of the season, I don’t feel like I’ve lost any strength. The Arizona starting pitcher who faced Senga was Meryl Kelly, the ‘KBO League reverse export legend’, but he collapsed miserably, allowing 6 hits, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts, and 7 runs in 5 innings.
Will Senga’s fast run continue until the end of the season? Senga is scheduled to appear as a starting pitcher in the game against the Miami Marlins on the 21st.