Kodai Senga was born in Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture...Began his career as a third baseman before converting to a pitcher in high school. Will become the 14th Japanese-born player to appear in at least one game for the Mets, the most by any major league team...Had fans vote for his uniform number with the Mets...Had worn #41 with Fukuoka Softbank Hawk...Throws a pitch called the "ghost fork," that is so named because its break gives the appearance that it disappears out of the strike zone...Has enjoyed pizza the most of the food he's tried in America...Likes cheese, pepperoni and sausage, in addition to corn...Enjoys corn as a topping because it makes the pizza sweeter...His desire to play in MLB sprouted from his experience playing against major league stars at the 2017 World Baseball Classic...Struck out 16 and allowed one earned run over 11.0 innings in four games, earning All-Tournament Team honors...Grew up watching Yu Darvish and cites his career trajectory as a reason for wanting to play stateside...Enters the season as the 16th-best prospect in baseball according to Baseball America.
Went 11-6 with a 1.94 ERA (31 ER/144.0 IP), 156 strikeouts, a 1.06 WHIP and a 0.4 HR/9 rate over 22 appearances.
Went 10-3 with a 2.66 ERA (25 ER/84.2 IP), 90 strikeouts and a 1.03 WHIP in 13 outings...Hurled 3.0 scoreless innings in two appearances to help Japan earn a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (held in 2021).
Was tied for the Pacific League lead with 11 wins and 149 strikeouts...Earned his second career Pacific League Best Nine Award and Mitsui Golden Glove Award.
Was named an NPB All-Star for the third time in his career after he led the Pacific League with 227 strikeouts and 180.1 innings...Earned his first career Pacific League Best Nine Award and Mitsui Golden Glove Award...Threw a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts on Sept. 6 vs. Chiba Lotte Marines.
Finished second in the Pacific League with 163 strikeouts and tied for third with 13 wins.
Was a NPB All-Star for the second time in his career.
Finished second in the Pacific League with 181 strikeouts...Established a career-best .800 winning percentage after going 12-3 over 25 outings.
Went 2-1 and allowed only one run over 22.1 innings in four games (three starts).
Finished third in the Pacific League with a 12.6 SO/9 rate.
Earned his first career NPB All-Star selection after posting a 2.40 ERA (15 ER/56.1 IP) in 51 relief appearances.
Made his NPB debut with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.