May 31 • 7M

We Can Pod It Out 123: Glass Onion

Kodai Senga authors a masterpiece

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Last night was one of the best pitched games of the season, not just for the Mets, but in all of Major League Baseball. Kodai Senga’s seven innings of one-hit shutout ball, with nine strikeouts and no walks, has been matched this year only by Michael Kopech of the White Sox in a 2-0 win over the Royals on May 19, and veteran Drew Smyly, now with the Chicago Cubs, in a 13-0 pasting of the Dodgers on April 21.

It was such a clean, crisp performance, with such ease, and with that little Kody Clemens single in the third inning that plopped in front of Tommy Pham, you might not think of it as so great, especially without the round number of 10 strikeouts, but here’s the list in Mets history of pitchers who, according to Stathead, went 7+ frames of one-hit ball (none of these Mets was pulled after seven innings of a no-hit bid), with nine or more strikeouts and no walks…

  • Tom Seaver, July 9, 1969 vs. Cubs (the Jimmy Qualls game)

  • R.A. Dickey, June 13, 2012 at Rays (9-1 win, unearned run after an error in the ninth)

  • Matt Harvey, May 7, 2013 vs. White Sox (no-decision, Mets won in 10 innings)

  • Jacob deGrom, May 21, 2015 vs. Cardinals (Matt Carpenter first-inning single)

  • Senga, last night vs. Phillies

Embrace the power of the Ghost Fork. Senga said he wanted the Phillies, he got them, and he took care of them in devastating fashion.