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Kodai Senga's first year in the majors couldn't have gone much better from an individual standpoint, as he made 29 starts and posted a 2.98 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 202:77 K:BB across 166.1 innings. He joined the Mets on a three-year, $45 million contract after spending the first 11 years of his career in Japan, and he ended up being a bright spot on what was mostly a disappointing team in Queens. The 31-year-old struggled with walks -- his 11.1 percent walk rate was third worst among qualified starters -- but he helped offset the free passes with a 29.1 percent strikeout rate, 0.92 HR/9 and 80.3 percent left-on-base rate. A 3.87 xERA and 3.77 xFIP are hardly a surprise given his walks, though it's a right shoulder strain that is of utmost concern for prospective fantasy managers. The Mets shut Senga down in February and he will not pick up a baseball "until symptoms subside and strength returns," per president of baseball operations David Stearns.

Fantasy Stats

Year fpts
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
Innings Pitched
Base on Balls (Walk)
Earned Run Average
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
2024 0.00 0.00
2023 43415 166.3 12 7 202 77 2.98 1.22

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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Poised for mound work

    Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said Saturday that Senga (shoulder) has resumed throwing from 120 feet and should begin playing catch off a mound this week, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports. The right-hander was diagnosed with a shoulder strain at the start of training camp, and the Mets have been very cautious with his recovery so far. Senga's still been making progress though, and beginning to throw off a mound will be a big step. He'll be eligible to come off the 60-day injured list near the end of May, and at this stage that appears to be a realistic timeline for his 2024 debut.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Shifts to 60-day IL

    The Mets transferred Senga (shoulder) from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Wednesday. Senga's move to the 60-day IL doesn't necessarily indicate that he's hit a setback in his recovery from a right posterior shoulder capsule strain since he resumed throwing during the final week of March, though manager Carlos Mendoza noted Tuesday that the right-hander has yet to advance to mound work. Instead, Senga is essentially having to go through his own version of spring training all over again, so he'll be in store for an extensive ramp-up period that will now last until at least late May as a result of him being transferred to the 60-day IL. The transaction enabled the Mets to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for lefty reliever Tyler Jay, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Syracuse ahead of Wednesday's game in Atlanta.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Playing catch every other day

    Mets president of baseball operations David Stearns said Friday that it would be 1-2 weeks before a throwing program for Senga (shoulder) is laid out, Joe Pantorno of amNewYork reports. Senga was cleared to begin playing catch Wednesday and will do that every other day for the time being. Previous reports indicated that Senga's ramp-up period would likely take at least six weeks, and that rough timeline still appears to be intact. He's coming back from a right shoulder capsule strain.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Set to start throwing soon

    Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said Thursday that Senga (shoulder) will begin throwing within the next week, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Senga was cleared to begin activities following an MRI and a visit with doctors Tuesday. Once the right-hander passes the necessary strength tests, he will begin throwing. Healey reports that Senga's ramp-up will likely take "at least" six weeks, so a return to the Mets rotation probably won't come until sometime in May, if not later. Senga is working his way back from a moderate posterior capsule strain in his right shoulder.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Battling arm fatigue

    Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said that Senga experienced arm fatigue during his side session Tuesday and is being evaluated by the training staff, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Mendoza didn't sound too concerned that Senga was dealing with an injury that could threaten his availability for the start of the season, but the Mets likely won't know the full extent of the issue until he's evaluated further. Senga walked 11.1 percent of the batters he faced during his first season in the majors in 2023, but he otherwise made a smooth transition from Nippon Professional Baseball to MLB, pitching to a 2.98 ERA and 1.22 WHIP while striking out 202 batters over 166.1 innings. The Mets are counting on Senga to serve as the clear No. 1 starter in 2024 after the team shipped out Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in midseason deals last summer.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Hurls eighth straight quality start

    Senga (12-7) earned the win over Miami on Wednesday, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three batters over six innings. Senga's three punchouts were his fewest in nearly two months, but that didn't prevent him from picking up his second straight victory and eighth consecutive quality start. The Japanese hurler has been dominant during the latter stretch, posting a 2.31 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 58:19 K:BB over 50.2 frames while going 5-1. Senga continues to hand out plenty of free passes -- he's issued multiple walks in 10 straight outings, and his 4.1 BB/9 on the season is fifth-highest among qualified starters -- but he's proven to be a wise offseason signing by the Mets and is increasing his draft stock in fantasy next season with his late-season excellence.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Records 10 punchouts in win

    Senga (11-7) earned the win Thursday, striking out 10 while allowing two hits and two walks over six scoreless frames in a 11-1 victory over the Diamondbacks. Senga was masterful Thursday, surrendering just two hits -- a pair of singles -- and retiring 13 consecutive Diamondbacks along the way. The 30-year-old tallied his fifth double-digit strikeout effort of the campaign and his third in four starts. Senga has limited opponents to three or fewer earned runs in 14-straight outings dating back to June 23, earning nine quality starts with a 2.46 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 104:31 K:BB across 84 innings during that stretch. He will look to keep the momentum in his next outing, which is tentatively scheduled for next week in Miami.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Set for five more starts

    Senga is expected to make five more starts this season as the Mets keep an eye on his workload, Tim Britton and Will Sammon of The Athletic report. New York plays 17 straight days beginning Sept. 8, at which point the team will shift to a six-man rotation -- making it easier to manage Senga's innings in his first North American campaign. He threw 162 innings in his final campaign for Fukuoka in the NPB, and is currently at 136.1 innings in 2023, along with a 3.17 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and strong 28.5 percent strikeout rate against an 11.1 percent walk rate. Senga is expected to make the first of those September starts Friday, at home against the Mariners.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Cruises to win No. 10

    Senga (10-6) earned the win Saturday, allowing one run on two hits and two walks over seven innings against St. Louis. He struck out five. Senga picked up his third straight win Saturday, dealing seven frames of two-hit baseball. The outing marked his 10th consecutive appearance allowing three or fewer runs, a stretch in which Senga owns a 2.78 ERA, a 67:20 K:BB and 0.5 HR/9 across 58.1 innings. The 30-year-old will look to continue his strong rookie campaign in his next projected start, which is tentatively scheduled to come against the Angels next week.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Fans seven in win

    Senga (9-6) yielded three runs on four hits and two walks over six innings Sunday, striking out seven and earning a win against Atlanta. Senga coughed up a three-run double to Marcell Ozuna in the first inning but settled in for five scoreless frames thereafter. Senga has allowed three or fewer earned runs in nine consecutive starts, registering a 2.98 ERA during that stretch. He's sporting a 3.30 ERA with a 149:59 K:BB through 122.2 frames this season. Senga's next outing is lined up to be in St. Louis.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Records quality start Thursday

    Senga pitched six innings in a no-decision against Washington on Thursday, allowing one run on two hits and three walks while striking out five batters. Senga rattled off five scoreless frames before the Nationals broke a scoreless tie with a run in the sixth. That was enough to put the right-hander in line for the loss upon his departure, but the Mets rallied for two late runs to take him off the hook. Senga finished a strong July with a 1.93 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 29:7 K:BB over 23.1 innings covering four starts, though he had only one win to show for it.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Strikes out nine in no-decision

    Senga allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out nine batters over six innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Saturday. Senga surrendered a solo homer to Mookie Betts in the third inning but otherwise kept the Dodgers off the scoreboard. He didn't get much run support, however, and had to settle for a no-decision despite notching his second straight quality start. Senga has looked great in those two outings, allowing just two runs and posting a 21:3 K:BB over 14 frames. The right-hander has struggled with walks at times this season but has otherwise adjusted to MLB quite well, posting a 3.20 ERA and 1.26 WHIP across 95.2 innings. He ranks seventh in the National League with 122 punchouts.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Fans eight in Saturday's loss

    Senga (6-4) took the loss Saturday as the Mets were downed 5-3 by the Cardinals, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk over 6.2 innings. He struck out eight. The 30-year-old righty got taken deep by Paul Goldschmidt in the second inning and Jordan Walker in the third, but Senga regained his focus and shut St. Louis down for the next three-plus frames, although his offense couldn't take advantage. The Mets are making an effort to give Senga extra rest between starts as he adjusts to an MLB schedule -- he hadn't pitched since June 10 -- but he continues to alternate strong outings with mediocre ones. Despite that pattern, his overall results have been good. Since the beginning of May, Senga sports a 3.18 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 55:23 K:BB through 45.1 innings.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Struggles with control in loss

    Senga (4-3) took the loss against the Cubs on Wednesday, allowing three runs on six hits and five walks while striking out six batters over five innings. Senga pitched on six days of rest, as this start was pushed from Tuesday to Wednesday. The right-hander began with two scoreless frames before surrendering a trio of runs on a walk and three hits -- including two doubles -- in the third. Senga was able to bounce back with two more scoreless innings, but he racked up 106 pitches by the end of the fifth and didn't go any further. The relatively short outing was largely due to his troubles finding the zone -- he threw 41 balls and walked a season-high five batters. Free passes have been the biggest concern for the Japanese hurler this season, as he's issued at least three walks in all but one of his nine starts. Senga has somewhat minimized the damage from the control issues with an excellent 11.4 K/9, but he's completed six innings only three times and sports an uninspiring 1.52 WHIP.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Racks up 12 punchouts Wednesday

    Senga allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out 12 batters over six innings in a no-decision against Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Senga bounced back nicely after a poor start his previous time out, inducing 18 swings-and-misses against the Rays and establishing a season-high mark with 12 strikeouts. The Japanese hurler yielded just one run, but the Mets were shut out until the seventh, preventing him from picking up his fifth win. Senga has adapted pretty well to pitching in MLB, posting a 3.77 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 55:26 K:BB through 43 innings.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Taking ball Friday

    Senga's next scheduled start will be Friday against the Rockies, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Senga last pitched on April 26, so he will be starting on eight days' rest. The right-hander has 32 strikeouts over his first 26 major-league innings but has battled control issues with 18 walks. Senga hasn't gone beyond five innings in any of his last three outings.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Handed first loss of season

    Senga (3-1) took the loss Wednesday, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks over five innings against the Nationals. He struck out seven. Both of Senga's allowed runs came in the second inning as Lane Thomas and CJ Abrams each hit singles that drove in a run. Though he only gave up two runs in the start, Senga's command issues persisted as he walked four batters for the third straight start. The 30-year-old has shown flashes, especially with his trademark ghost forkball, but his overall numbers through five starts leave something to be desired (4.15 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 32:18 K:BB).
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Start pushed back to Wednesday

    Mets manager Buck Showalter announced Friday that Senga will make his next start Wednesday against the Nationals, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Senga was originally scheduled to start Tuesday against the Nationals in Citi Field, but he'll get an extra day of rest. The Mets will need to make a decision on who will start Tuesday against Washington, and it could be Jose Butto getting the ball for that outing.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Registers third win of season

    Senga (3-0) earned the win Thursday, allowing four runs on five hits over five innings against the Giants. He struck out four and walked four. While this was hardly a dominant start, Senga pitched well enough to take advantage of the Mets' lively offense in a 9-4 victory. The right-hander now has a 4.29 ERA and 1.52 WHIP through the first four starts of his MLB career. The three-time Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star is tentatively slated to face the Nationals at home in his next appearance.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Has worst start of young career

    Senga did not factor into the decision Friday, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks over 4.2 innings against Oakland. He struck out seven. Senga had his first shaky start in the big leagues after allowing just two earned runs in his first 11.1 innings pitched. The right-hander was lucky to avoid the loss in this one, as the Mets were able to tack on 17 runs. On the bright side, the 30-year-old has recorded 21 strikeouts so far this year, good for 14th in the majors. If Senga can keep using his forkball to force swings and misses, he could continue to find success.
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