Don’t look now, but the New York Mets have won four consecutive games.
They are still fourth in the NL East, they still have a long way to go just to get to .500 at 40-46, and they still have a negative run differential at -8.
Still, they have won four in a row and that alone, considering their season, has to be considered as a success.
Their most recent victory came against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The win was fueled by an incredible pitching performance by Japanese import Kodai Senga.
The right-hander conceded one run on four hits and a walk while striking out 12 over eight innings to earn the win Wednesday against the D-Backs.
Arizona was no match for his ghost forkball, a special pitch that suddenly tumbles before reaching the plate.
“The Diamondbacks don’t have an answer for Kodai Senga’s ghost fork tonight. Evan Longoria just swung at one that only went about 59 feet. Seven whiffs on 11 swings for Senga on that pitch so far, which is what happens when he’s able to get ahead in counts,” Mets insider Anthony DiComo tweeted.
The Diamondbacks don't have an answer for Kodai Senga's ghost fork tonight. Evan Longoria just swung at one that only went about 59 feet. Seven whiffs on 11 swings for Senga on that pitch so far, which is what happens when he's able to get ahead in counts. pic.twitter.com/ytw4AShADq
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 6, 2023
That swing by Longoria shows what Senga can achieve if he can get ahead in the count.
That allows him to throw the ghost fork with confidence, and since batters are trying to defend the plate, they will most likely swing.
With the brilliant outing, Senga lowered his season ERA to 3.31 in 89.2 innings.
He also has 113 punchouts and has been excellent in his first season stateside.
He keeps getting more and more consistent, and the Mets need that if they are going to make a run at the postseason.