Antonio Senzatela will make his 2023 debut tonight against the New York Mets in his first game since tearing his ACL on Aug. 18 last season.
The Rockies (12-20) are riding a five-game winning streak and have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games, while the Mets (16-16) have gone 2-8 in their last 10.
Senzatela brings a veteran presence to a rotation that’s struggled this season, lost Germán Márquez to season-ending surgery, and currently has Noah Davis on the 15-day IL. In 2022 before his injury, the 28-year-old righty was 3-7 with a 5.07 ERA in 19 starts. Senzatela is 2-2 in five appearances against the Mets in his career with a 2.88 ERA and 1-1 at Citi Field with a 2.70 ERA.
The Rockies went 2-5 against the Mets last season, winning one game in each series in the home-and-away setup, but only were outscored by the Mets 23-20 total.
On Friday, they’ll face Kodia Senga, the 30-year-old former Nippon Professional Baseball (Japan) star. Senga signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Mets in December and made his MLB debut on April 2 when he earned his first victory after giving up one run on three hits in 5 1⁄3 innings against Miami. In five starts, he’s 3-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 26 innings with 32 strikeouts and 18 walks. His go-to pitch is his 4-seam fastball, which averages 96 mph, and he also features a forkball, cutter, and sweeper.
First Pitch: 5:10 p.m. MDT
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