Red Sox set for first look at Mets RHP Kodai Senga

New York Mets Fans might be looking at the team’s future when right-armer Kodai Senga takes the field to open the three-match road series on Friday. boston red sox

After playing professionally in Japan for 11 years, the 30-year-old signed a five-year contract worth $75 million. mets In December – just after New York signed Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer in free agency

Senga has had to adjust to the bigger baseball used in the major leagues, but has shown that he has top-rotation potential.

Senga (7-5, 3.20 ERA) has recorded 122 strikeouts during his first 17 starts (95 2/3 innings) and has a 2.37 ERA over his last six. he will be pitching against red Sox for the first time

“Anybody who can get people out as fast as he can, will play,” mets said reliever Adam Ottavino. “It’s wonderful to watch, and he’s a hard worker. I really believe in him.”

Senga held the Los Angeles Dodgers to one run on four hits over six innings on Saturday. He scored nine runs and scored only two runs, but things settled down for him mets in the late innings and the Dodgers won 5–1.

In his final start before the All-Star break, Senga struck out 12 in eight innings and allowed one run during a 2–1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. That win was followed by two consecutive starts in which he failed to pitch six innings.

“I think the biggest thing is that I am able to play not only against the ball but also against these batsmen,” Senga told the media through an interpreter on Saturday. “I’m able to throw with more confidence. I can face them, not the ball.”

red Sox Right-hander Kutter will face Crawford (4-4, 3.74 ERA), who will attempt to extend Boston’s five-game home winning streak. Crawford has never pitched against mets

Crawford pitched six scoreless innings in Boston’s 11-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. He struck out a career-high nine batters, allowed one hit, and struck out four. It was the third time he pitched at least six innings this season.

New York outfielder Tommy Pham left metsIn Thursday’s 6-2 loss against the White Sox, he suffered a groin injury after landing into a double play in the third inning. Earlier in the day, mets Outfielder Starling Marte was placed on the injured list due to long-term effects of migraine headaches.

red Sox Coming off a losing streak against the Oakland A’s, their lineup is expected to be strengthened soon by the return of Trevor Story. Storey has not played this year after undergoing elbow surgery in January, but he is scheduled to pitch five innings at shortstop for Double-A Portland on Friday.

“We are not skimping on rehab,” red Sox said manager Alex Cora. “We feel like it’s time to go and see how long it takes

“It’s not a matter of one week. We want him to get back on his feet and come back after nine innings. It’s just the start, but it’s good to know he’ll go out and play on Friday.”

Earlier this month, Storey said he expected to be in Boston’s lineup sometime in August.

–Field Level Media

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