I know it has only been one game. But I am excited about Koji.
To me, he is a guy who can show the young Oriole pitchers that throwing strikes equals success.
Of course it was somewhat ironic that Koji walked the first batter he faced.
Since his signing, all we have talked about is his control. He has averaged one walk per start in his career.
In his first major league start, he only walked one batter.
He is a guy who throws his fastball in the high 80's, with movement. He has a couple different off-speed pitches.
One of his off-speed pitches is a forkball. That's right, I said forkball. This is a term that hasn't been used in a while, and it's often confused with the split-fingered fastball (the splitter).
Check back, because I'll talk about the difference between the two pitches here in the near future.
But for now, Koji seems to be a guy who likes to have fun, and his teammates have taken to him immediately. I don't even know him, and I like him already.
Here's to Koji Mania!!!