21% False Swing Rate, Powerful Pitching… Mido “Japanese Pitchers Face Off, Kikuchi is Better than Senga”

June 5, 2023 0 Comments

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Yusei Kikuchi stood out with his reverse pitching.

Kikuchi gave up two runs on four hits (two home runs) with eight strikeouts and one walk in five innings against the New York Mets in the 2023 Major League Baseball World Series at Citi Field in New York City on Friday. Kikuchi blew the game-winning run on a bullpen arson, but Toronto defeated the Mets 6-4.

The matchup was notable because the Mets’ starting pitcher was also a Japanese major leaguer, Senga Godai. It was the 17th time in Major League Baseball history that a Japanese pitcher has started a game. Kikuchi joined the Seattle Mariners in 2019, while Senga made his major league debut in a Mets uniform this year.안전놀이터

In this game, Senga was knocked to his knees in a fastball battle. Senga narrowly avoided a loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits (one earned) with three walks and five strikeouts in 2⅔ innings. Of his 68 pitches, half (34) were strikes. His season ERA rose to 3.75 from 3.44.

“Facing Senga for the first time in the majors, Kikuchi dominated Senga with his best pitching of the season,” said Major League Baseball’s official website after the game. Toronto manager John Schneider said, “He pitched very well overall today, inducing a lot of swinging strikes and his changeup was good.”

“Despite giving up two home runs to Tommy Pham, he was solid for five innings. He threw 89 pitches and induced 19 swings and misses, 11 of which were sliders. His slider velocity was below average, but his spin rate was up.”

Kikuchi added, “I worked on my slider and curveball in the bullpen and it came out well in the game. My spin hasn’t been working for me the last three or four pitches, and I feel like it’s finally coming together, so I’m happy with it.”

“Kikuchi, a fifth-year major leaguer, pitched calmly in a battle with rookie Senga,” said ESPN. It was a high-profile Japanese clash, but Senga was a few notches above him on this day.” Tokyo Sports said, “With Senga’s poor performance, Kikuchi has shown that he has a knack for pitching.”

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