The first victim of Kodai Senga’s ghost fork as a member of the New York Mets has been claimed. Prospect Jordan Walker of the St. Louis Cardinals had no chance in his first at-bat against Senga on Sunday.
The big drop, the nearly full foot of break, and enough revolutions per minute to turn back time made this particular pitch nearly impossible to hit. Walker has been one of the hottest hitters all spring. Senga was there to remind him he hasn’t earned a roster spot in St. Louis just yet.
Mets pitcher Kodai Senga is already haunting players with his ghost fork
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Walker was one of two strikeouts Senga grabbed in his two innings of work. A Tres Barrera home run in the second inning was the only damage to his spring ERA. It almost didn’t end up this way. Senga walked the first two batters he faced before retiring reigning NL MVP Paul Goldschmidt, third-place finisher Nolan Arenado, and Walker all in a row with two on.
Senga’s place in the Mets rotation is inconsequential beyond being guaranteed. Whether he’s considered their third, fourth, or fifth starter will be based on performance. He definitely has much more than this one pitch. Senga can throw hard, too, while mixing in his most ghoulish pitch when needed. He delivered it twice in his Spring Training debut.
Two innings was definitely not enough for Mets fans to have a clearer picture of what Senga can deliver. He didn’t disappoint, though. Especially not with the first strikeout that should have batters everywhere contacting their local Ghostbusters to help out. The deceptiveness of this pitch and the way it can make believers out of skeptics should help Senga early on, especially when the opponent gets a little eager with two strikes on him as we see in Walker’s at-bat.