Japanese pitcher Kodai Senga (30, New York Mets), who succeeded in a soft landing in his first year in the United States, was ranked among the top three major league players in the final power rankings of this season.
MLB.com, the official Major League Baseball website, announced the TOP 10 power rankings of this season’s final starting pitchers on the 22nd (Korean time).
In this ranking, Senga ranked 3rd, up 2 places from 5th in the last announcement. Senga, who appeared in 28 games this season, earned his 12th win (7 losses) of the season by allowing 2 runs in 6 innings against the Miami Marlins the previous day (21st). Senga’s average ERA is 2.96, an outstanding record that ranks 4th overall in the Major League (ML) and 2nd in the National League (NL).
His strikeout ability is also impressive. Senga, who uses a unique forkball called the ‘ghost fork’, recorded 194 strikeouts in 161⅓ innings and is tied for 7th place in the NL. His strikeouts per nine innings are a whopping 10.82, which ranks 4th in the NL and 6th overall in the ML.
MLB.com said, “Senga, a 30-year-old right-handed pitcher who came to the Major League from the Japanese Professional Baseball League, went through an adjustment period early this season. But (the adjustment period) did not last long. Senga recorded an ERA of 2.59 in the last 20 games. He “He is a strong candidate to win both the Cy Young Award and the Rookie of the Year Award,” he said.안전놀이터
Senga also ranked 3rd in the Rookie of the Year power rankings announced by MLB.com on the 20th. Considering that 2nd place Gunnar Henderson (Baltimore Orioles) is in the American League (AL), the only rookie in the NL who is performing better than Senga is Corbin Carroll (Arizona Diamondbacks).
However, in reality, the likelihood of Senga winning the Cy Young Award and Rookie of the Year is not high. There is a high possibility that the Rookie of the Year award will go to Carroll, who is the first ML rookie to achieve 25 home runs and 50 stolen bases. The Cy Young Award is expected to be highly likely to be awarded to San Diego Padres ‘ace’ Blake Snell (14 wins, 9 losses, ERA 2.33), who ranks first in ERA overall.
Meanwhile, Snell took first place in the overall starting pitcher power rankings. Gerrit Cole (New York Yankees), who is mentioned as a strong candidate for the AL Cy Young Award, ranked second. Justin Steel (Chicago Cubs), who ranked second overall in the previous announcement, fell to fourth place. The 5th place is Sonny Gray (Minnesota Twins), 6th place Freddie Peralta (Milwaukee Brewers), 7th place Spencer Stryder (Atlanta Braves), 8th place Brandon Woodruff (Milwaukee Brewers), 9th place Luis Castio (Seattle Mariners), 10th place. Logan Webb (San Francisco Giants) above was next.