Senga's dastardly forkball dominates the Phillies to kick-off the home stand
The Mets start off their six-game home stand with a shutout win over the Phillies. Plus, let's just sit back and marvel in Kodai Senga's stellar performance.
What’s Up with the Mets? ⚾
The Mets held the Phillies to just two hits in their 2-0 win at Citi Field on Tuesday night (box)
RHP Kodai Senga had the most dominant start of his MLB career, going seven innings while allowing just one hit and no runs while striking out nine and walking none
Senga is now 3-1 with a 1.20 ERA in five starts at Citi Field this season
RHPs Adam Ottavino and David Robertson combined to pitch two scoreless innings of relief to close out the shutout victory
SS Francisco Lindor clubbed his 10th home run of the season in the win
3B Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-3 and drove in the only other run of the night on a seeing-eye RBI single in the 7th inning
CF Brandon Nimmo robbed yet another home run (video)
The Mets have now extended their franchise-record streak of 120 straight wins when leading after eight innings
Roster Moves 🗞️
RHP Jimmy Yacabonis was designated for assignment on Tuesday
Today’s Game 🗓
Match-up: Mets (28-27) vs. Phillies (25-29)
Where: Citi Field – Flushing, NY
Starters: RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-2, 6.75 ERA) vs RHP Aaron Nola (4-3, 4.59 ERA)
When: 7:10 PM EDT
Where to Watch: SNY, MLB Network
Did you see that Senga forkball last night? ✍🏼
Come on. I mean seriously – look at that shit.
Yes, I swore in the newsletter again but at least this time it was intentional (if you know, you know).
That absurd “ghost fork” was just one of many dastardly pitches coming out of that glorious right hand of Kodai Senga’s on Tuesday night vs the Phillies. And honestly, this is not going to be your typical day-after-the-game breakdown or postgame reaction.
Nope. Instead, let’s just sit back and marvel in the greatness of this performance.
Seven innings pitched, one hit, no runs, no walks and nine strikeouts for Kodai Senga. And even more insanely? 22 swings-and-misses from Phillies hitters on the night. Simply ridiculous.
It was an absolutely marvelous performance by the Japanese pitcher, who is now 5th among all rookie starters in ERA (minimum 30 innings pitched) this season.
Senga has been one of the bright spots for the Mets in this early season and is beginning to bring some electricity with him to that Citi Field crowd. That in itself is something worth celebrating. So, for one day let’s just enjoy a stellar performance for what it was and a good, solid victory.
Around the League 🚩
The Braves lost to the MLB-worst Oakland A’s for the second straight night, this time on a walk-off misplayed ground ball
The Yankees hot hitting continued as they took down the Mariners in Seattle for the second straight night
Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani hit his 13th home run of the season but the club lost to the White Sox 7-3
Rangers 2B Marcus Semien extended his hitting streak to 19 games as Texas defeated the Tigers 10-6
The Orioles placed CF Cedric Mullins on the injured list and signed former Yankees OF Aaron Hicks