Ranking the 3 roster replacements for Kodai Senga after the latest injury update

This was why the Mets put an emphasis on depth this offseason.

Feb 14, 2024; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Kodai Senga (34) walks out to
Feb 14, 2024; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Kodai Senga (34) walks out to / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Joey Lucchesi

Joey Lucchesi made nine starts for the Mets last year, going 4-0 with a 2.89 ERA, striking out 32 batters and walking 17 in 46.2 innings last season. Lucchesi came off Tommy John surgery and split time between the majors and in Triple-A as there wasn't much of a place for him on the roster for much of the season. He made sure to pounce on those opportunities

Like Butto, Lucchesi also pitched well down the stretch for the Mets, which was a good sign of momentum and confidence heading into the offseason. The lefty pitched to a 1.48 ERA in his last four starts, pitching into the sixth inning in all of his starts, inducing a lot of ground balls with his sinker, while not allowing a home run. Earlier in the season, he was getting sinkers that didn't sink, leading to three home runs off that pitch. But more importantly, none of those came after the middle of August.

The door is now open for him to make the team with Senga's injury and make a good first impression on new manager Carlos Mendoza. Lucchesi reportedly lost 25 pounds of weight from his last check-in. So it appears as though that Lucchesi is in better shape. Now the team will wait and see how he looks this spring in Port St. Lucie before making a decision on their Senga replacement on the roster.