That’s over half their rotation right there.
However, the offseason usually presents an opportunity to look for replacements and upgrade.
And the Mets did just that.
deGrom, Walker, and Bassitt all left (the latter remains unattached, though), but the Mets already found excellent replacements for all.
They also brought in Jose Quintana and an intriguing Japanese import: pitcher Kodai Senga.
They signed him for five years and $75 million.
Here is a bit more about Senga: stick around, because he is seriously, breathtakingly good.
“Now pitching for the Mets: Kodai Senga. Senga has been up to 102 mph, throws a ghost forkball, slider, curve & cutter. 1.89 ERA in 148 innings this year,” Mets insider Michael Mayer tweeted.
Now pitching for the Mets: Kodai Senga.
Senga has been up to 102 mph, throws a ghost forkball, slider, curve & cutter. 1.89 ERA in 148 innings this year.
— Michael Mayer (@mikemayer22) December 11, 2022
Mayer posted a video in which Senga strikes out 14 hitters, showcasing the best of his stuff.
Senga Has Video-Game Stuff
The high-velo heater gives him a nice foundation to rely on.
Like many players who come from the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league, Senga’s secondaries are really good and have a lot of movement.
The “ghost forkball” and the slider are really something else.
The NPB is a really competitive circuit, and posting a 1.89 ERA is not easy at all.
Not only that, but Senga has a career 2.42 ERA there.
He is a perfect mid-rotation star for the Mets, and he has the upside to pitch at an even higher level.
He just won’t be required to do it because the team has bonafide aces Max Scherzer and Verlander.