Kodai Senga came off his best start of the season and returned to his up and down ways on Wednesday night, surrendering three runs on six hits and five walks in five innings of work in a loss to the Cubs.
It marked the eighth start out of nine this season in which Senga issued at least three free passes, and the fifth time this season he walked at least four in an outing.
Simply put, BT says Senga is not meeting expectations to begin his MLB career.
“We all thought he was gonna be better than this,” BT said. “You had top-of-the-rotation visions. In the minds of Mets fans, and I didn’t blame them, he would absolutely solidify and lengthen the top into the middle of the rotation. Not the case.
“There’s way too much traffic, and he labors…here’s what is problematic: Outside of the Rays, he’s pitched mostly against bad teams. The Marlins, the A’s, the Nationals, the Reds, the Rockies.”
Senga signed a five-year, $75 million contract this past winter, but the 30-year-old has displayed a lack of control that has him at the bottom of the league leaders in walk rate. As the Mets continue to give Senga extra rest to try and maximize his potential, BT says the team isn’t getting rewarded for those efforts, and doesn’t see it changing in the near future.
“I just don’t trust him,” BT said.
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