One of the best pitchers in Japanese professional baseball, Kodai Senga (30), who signed a five-year contract with the New York Mets for a total of 75 million dollars (approximately 99.5 billion won) ahead of this season, had a different view at the beginning of the season. are sending from While there are those who evaluate him as an acceptable adaptation period, there are others who doubt his fundamental control.
On the 5th (Korean time), Senga started in 5 games of the season and threw 26 innings, recording 3 wins and 1 loss with an ERA of 4.15. No one thought that the results taken in Japan would be accepted in the major leagues anyway. The batting average is 0.232, which is not a big problem, and if it is the first season to adapt to the ball, mound, environment, and baseball culture, it can be judged not bad. The distinctive ‘Ghost Pokeball’ received good reviews in the United States as well.
However, those standing on the other side doubt Senga’s control and command. Senga has only one quality start (less than 3 earned runs over 6 innings) in 5 starts this year. He manages the number of pitches within 100, but he only went 6 innings once. He averages 17.42 pitches per inning, which is a lot. The problem is the walk.
In Japan, Senga was not a player with bad control. However, by Major League standards, he is a very poor player. Senga has given up a whopping 6.23 walks per nine innings this year. He has an on-base percentage of 0.350 and an on-base per innings allowed (WHIP) of 1.58, which is a decisive reason why it is difficult to receive a good evaluation.
The US sports media ‘Bleacher Report’ said, ‘In 26 innings, he recorded an average ERA of 4.15 with 3 wins and 1 loss and 32 strikeouts, but there are less encouraging numbers,’ and ‘especially the 18 walks. Walked at least three batters in each game. It just means that his commands won’t cause one or two temporary problems. His walk rate of 15.4% was 133rd out of 135 pitchers who pitched 20 or more innings.
The media expressed concern, saying, “There will inevitably be an adjustment period with a new team, but the lack of command could be a major problem in the future.” In fact, very few pitchers have been successful with this kind of walk rate. 스포츠토토
There is another negative view of Senga. In Japanese professional baseball, he pitched once a week. However, his major league career is different. He is common after a 4-day break. The Mets are adjusting Senga’s pitching intervals, but they can’t do that forever. Senga, who was not a pitcher with outstanding innings in his career, was followed by a fundamental question mark from the time he was recruited as to whether he could overcome this tough schedule.