New York Mets Japanese pitcher Senga Godai showed off his powerful pitch in his first real match.
On the 6th (Korean time), Senga started in an exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals held at Jupiter Rogerdean Stadium in Florida, USA, and gave up 1 run while giving up 1 hit and 2 walks in 2 innings with a 98.6 mph fastball.
Senga, who threw 42 balls, struggled with control and pitch clock, but raised expectations by showing a fastball with a maximum of 98.6 miles and an average of 97 miles, and a forkball that seemed to sink in front of the batter.
After the game, Mets coach Buck Showalter said, “We showed everything we wanted to see. The first pitch was very good. I’m proud. As is known, the off-speed pitch and breaking ball were good, and the fastball was heavy. It was a pitch I really liked.” showed up
In the bottom of the first inning, Senga, who had a rough start by allowing consecutive walks to leaders Brendan Donovan and Tyler O’Neill, induced last year’s National League MVP Paul Goldschmidt to fly a shortstop with a 97 mph fastball, then Nolan Arenado fly to right field and Jordan Walker 83 mph to the inside. He struck out on a swing with a forkball and avoided a run.
However, he was hit with a timely hit in the second inning, leading 4-1, and allowed one run. Senga, who struck out the leader Nolan Gorman by looking and struck out Alec Burleson with a ground ball from second baseman, gave up a home run to right-handed hitter Tres Barrera. In the ball count 1B1S, he threw an 80-mile curve high to the body and allowed a left-handed solo shot.
The New York Post said, “In his spring training debut, Senga showed that he was still in the process of adapting, but the opposing batters must have felt that they had to adapt to him.” He made a successful debut in two innings.”안전놀이터
The hitter who fell victim to Senga’s ghost forkball is Jordan Walker, who is said to be reminiscent of Albert Pujols’ rookie days by displaying tremendous power in this spring training. In the bottom of the 1st inning, the ball count was 1B2S, and Walker missed a forkball on the 4th pitch.
The New York Post said, ‘Senga threw his signature pitch, a forkball that flies high and disappears. Walker’s bat cut through the air above the ball disappearing into the ground’.
Walker participated in 7 games in this exhibition game and is marking a batting average of 0.429 (9 hits in 21 bats), 3 homers, 6 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.000. He had a batting average of 0.303, 19 homers, 68 RBIs, 100 runs scored, and an OPS of 0.898 in Double-A last year. Local media report that Pujols looks similar to the first appearance he took to St. Louis Spring Training in 2000.
Senga wore a Mets uniform for five years and $75 million last December. He forms a five-man rotation with Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Jose Quintana and Carlos Carrasco.
After the game, Senga said, “It was a good experience. It was a bit difficult to be conscious of the pitch clock. The opponent sent out good hitters, including No. 3 and 4 (Gold Schmidt and Arenado). I woke up in the morning and thought that I would face such hitters in today’s game. Hani was very excited. However, I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I thought because of the pitch clock. I was in a hurry when there were 5 seconds left on the pitch clock.”