Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
13 hours ago

Iwakuma (11-6) gave up two earned runs on four hits and three walks in Saturday's 14-5 victory over the Blue Jays. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran right-hander had the luxury of being staked to a 6-1 lead by the home half of the fourth, allowing him to cruise to his fourth straight victory. Iwakuma has really hit his stride over the last three outings in particular, surrendering only three earned runs on 11 hits and seven walks over 19.2 innings, while striking out 17 over that span. He'll look to make it five consecutive wins when he takes on the Cubs next Friday.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
1 week ago

Iwakuma (10-6) pitched seven innings of two-hit, scoreless ball, surrendering only a walk and striking out eight.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran righty was masterful for a second straight start, and was particularly sharp with his control. Iwakuma got 66 of his 90 pitches into the strike zone and was ahead in the count the overwhelming majority of the time, recording first-pitch strikes on 20 of the 24 batters he faced. The 35-year-old has only given up an earned run on seven hits and four walks over the 13.2 innings encompassing his last two starts, while also recording 14 strikeouts over that span. He's now lowered his ERA to a 4.01 figure that is his lowest since April 22 and will look to continue his stellar stretch of pitching versus the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
2 weeks ago

Iwakuma was sharp in Friday's win over the Royals, allowing just one run with six strikeouts and three walks across 6.2 innings.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma was efficient, needing just 92 pitches (60 strikes) during his stint on the mound, and he reached six strikeouts for the first time in his last six starts. Iwakuma endured a disappointing first half, as Friday's gem lowered his ERA to 4.25, but he will look to ride the momentum from this start into the second half after the All-Star break.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
3 weeks ago

Iwakuma gave up four runs on 10 hits and no walks in six-plus innings Sunday in a win against the Orioles. He struck out one.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma got hit hard, giving up three doubles and a two-run homer. He pitched to one batter in the seventh inning before getting pulled. Fortunately, he got plenty of run support for his eighth win. Iwakuma has allowed at least four earned runs in four of his last seven starts.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
4 weeks ago

Iwakuma (7-6) gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over 6.2 innings in a win Tuesday over the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma was reeling, having allowed nine runs over 11.2 innings in his previous two starts. This marks the first time he has held an opponent under three runs since May 3, so he really needed to show he could put together a stingy start like this one. Critically, Iwakuma didn't allow a home run Tuesday night -- he had allowed 17 in his first 15 starts of the season, including seven in his past three starts. He'll need to keep the ball in the yard to bring his 4.34 ERA back to his 3.33 career mark.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
1 month ago

Iwakuma (6-6) was blasted for five runs on 11 hits (including three homers) and three walks in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

Considering all those baserunners and long balls, Iwakuma has to be counting his lucky stars that he gave up just five runs in this putrid outing. The Japanese righty has had a mighty tough season, and homers have been a huge part of it, especially recently -- he's given up a stunning 10 homers in his last five starts. We're used to Iwakuma being better than this, but he's giving up the highest line-drive and hard-hit rates of his career, and the peripherals say that he pretty much deserves his ugly 4.45 ERA. It's hard to cut a guy who was once so reliable, but in shallower formats, it may be time to start looking for a better option on the wire.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
1 month ago

Iwakuma said he has improved his mechanics recently, which helped him walk just three in his last five starts, the Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma wasn't dominant Friday night against the Red Sox (4 R, 7 IP), but he went seven innings for the fifth consecutive start. His strikeouts are way down in that span, however -- 23 in 35 innings. And Iwakuma is still giving up the long ball with a career-high 1.39 HR/9. But according to the pitcher, improved mechanics are helping him pitch more efficiently and have better control. "I feel like my balance between my upper body and lower body are better," Iwakuma said. "More than that, I'm attacking the strike zone and getting strike one, which helps me a lot, and not try to nibble on both sides of the plate. Just attacking has gotten me better."

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
1 month ago

Iwakuma (6-5) surrendered nine hits, four earned runs and a walk over seven innings in Friday's 8-4 victory over the Red Sox. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran right-hander threw 64 of 92 pitches for strikes, and notched first-pitch strikes on 21 of 30 hitters versus a lethal Red Sox lineup. The 35-year-old worked seven frames for the fifth straight start, and recorded his fourth victory over that span. Iwakuma also has five wins over his last six trips to the mound, and remarkably managed to surrender only one homer over 92 pitches in hitter-friendly Fenway on Friday. He'll look to extend his recent success against another tough lineup in the Tigers next Wednesday.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
2 months ago

Iwakuma (4-5) was tagged with a tough loss Sunday afternoon against the Rangers. He gave up just on earned run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma saw his three-game win streak snapped after his defense let him down in the fifth inning of the contest. The Rangers scored three times in the inning thanks to two errors and a mental mistake by the Mariners' defense. On a positive note, the Japanese right-hander lowered his ERA to 4.13, its lowest mark since May 3. He'll get another crack at the Rangers in his next start on Friday.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
2 months ago

Iwakuma (4-4) went seven strong innings during Tuesday's win against San Diego, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out five.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma pitched well enough to get the win, and even though he allowed three homers, the offense bailed him out scoring 16 runs in the first five innings. The 35-year-old Japanese now has gone at least seven innings on consecutive starts, and seems to be turning things around after an inconsistent start to the season. His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Rangers on the road.