Japanese pitcher Senga Godai (30‧ New York Mets), whose performance was inconsistent during the first pitch match, made the most impressive pitch after advancing to the major leagues in a game against Tampa Bay at Citi Field on the 18th (Korean time).
Although he gave up 3 walks in 6 innings and left a somewhat disappointing aftertaste, it was still a good pitch with 3 hits and 1 run. On top of that, he struck out a whopping 12 in six innings. He struck out 66.7% of his 18 out counts. Here, the opponent was Tampa Bay, the league’s strongest hitter recognized by everyone this season. Senga also seemed to have a lot of energy that day, and the ceremony was bigger than usual.
Senga has a fast ball in the upper half of 150 km/h and is introduced as a ‘ghost’ in the United States, and has a certain decisive ball called a forkball that has become famous. Senga’s forkball, which falls in the actual zone and has a more violent drop than existing splitters, is a pitch that can catch a miss with a high probability if only the bat is induced.
However, the ball count fight has not been successful in recent years, and batters who preempted the advantageous count struggled with the strategy of just letting this forkball pass. This day was different. With an active count fight, he caught 2S first and used all of his pitches to lead a total of 18 misses. I induced 7 swings with a double forkball, and the rate of swings was 70%. Out of 10 forkball swings, only one was hit in play. It was overwhelming power.
It was the most strikeouts (12) in Senga’s major league debut. 12 is by no means a good number. Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto), who has been playing in the major leagues since 2013, has 12 strikeouts, the most in one major league game. Ryu Hyun-jin has a memory of becoming a winning pitcher with 6 innings, 3 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 12 strikeouts and 2 runs against Colorado on May 1, 2013 (Korean time). Ryu Hyun-jin recorded double-digit strikeouts three times in his major league career.
Kim Byung-hyun, who was famous for striking out well, also recorded double-digit strikeouts only twice. With Florida, he struck out 10 twice in 2007, which remains the record for most strikeouts in a single game. Taiwan’s record is 12 strikeouts achieved by Chen Wei-in. Chun Wayne recorded 12 strikeouts twice: against Oakland on July 30, 2012 (then belonging to Baltimore) and against Milwaukee on May 12, 2016 (then belonging to Miami).
However, looking up, there are still many mountains to overcome. There is a perception that Asian players are more of a ball type than a fast ball, so the strikeout rate is low, but the top players are not. There are a total of 7 Asian players who have more strikeouts than Senga.
The record for the most strikeouts by an Asian pitcher is held by Hideo Nomo. On April 14, 1996, when he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Nomo caused a sensation in the major leagues with a reverse pitching with 3 hits, 3 walks, 17 strikeouts and 1 run in 9 innings against Florida. Even now, 20 years later, Asian juniors have not been able to reach this record. Nomo also has a record of 15 strikeouts in 1995.
Darvish Yu (San Diego), the active pitcher with the most wins in Asia, recorded a reverse pitch against Houston on August 13, 2013, when he was a member of Texas, with 1 hit, 15 strikeouts and 1 run in 8 innings. His own record for most strikeouts in a game also came here. Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten) also set his own record for the most in one game on September 30, 2017 with 3 hits, no 4 walks and 15 strikeouts in 7 innings. Just because he strikes out a lot doesn’t necessarily guarantee no runs, but Tanaka didn’t allow any runs that day. 토스카지노
On August 30, 2000, when he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Park Chan-ho pitched a good pitch against Milwaukee, 8 innings, 1 hit, 3 walks, and 14 strikeouts. It was the day in which Park Chan-ho, who holds the record for the most wins by an Asian, had the most strikeouts in a game in his long career. Park Chan-ho also played two games with 13 strikeouts.
Hisashi Iwakuma (then Seattle) also recorded 13 strikeouts in 8 innings against Toronto on July 31, 2012. Kenta Maeda (Minnesota) recorded 13 strikeouts on July 11, 2016 when he was a member of the Dodgers, which is the personal record, and Shohei Otani (LA Angels) also has two 13 strikeout games. If Nomo’s record is broken, there is also a prospect that Ohtani could be the most likely candidate.