Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
21 hours ago

Iwakuma (14-9) pitched six quality innings, but took the loss Wednesday versus the Yankees. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three.

EDGE Analysis

After winning his first three starts of the month, Iwakuma has now dropped two straight to match his career high in losses for a single season. The Japanese right-hander now sports a career-worst 3.81 ERA through 25 starts (157 innings) this year. Iwakuma continued to surrender the longball Wednesday, giving up his 23rd homer of the season, and now owns a 1.27 HR/9 -- another career-worst mark. He'll look to end the two-game skid when he toes the rubber for his next start Monday against the Rangers.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
4 days ago

Iwakuma will get an extra day of rest in between starts and take the ball Wednesday against the Yankees, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma would start Tuesday had the Mariners kept him on normal rest, but the team has decided to give him an extra day in an effort to keep him fresh. Iwakuma has thrown the ball well so far in August, posting a 1.69 ERA and 19:2 K:BB ratio in 26.2 innings over four starts.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
7 days ago

Iwakuma (14-8) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings in Thursday's loss to the Angels. He struck out two and walked one.

EDGE Analysis

The Japanese righty landed dueled an effective Matt Shoemaker and came up just short, mostly because of the two runs the Angels got off him in the first inning. Nonetheless, he's made an impressive second-half turnaround -- Iwakuma is 5-2 with a 2.53 ERA and 1.08 WHIP since the All-Star break, representing a giant improvement over his season's first few months. Some pitchers have trouble factoring into the decisions in their starts, but not Iwakuma, who's received a decision in 17 consecutive outings -- he's 13-4 in that span.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
2 weeks ago

Iwakuma battled neck stiffness Saturday but allowed just three runs on nine hits with no walks and two strikeouts in 5.1 innings in a win at Oakland.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma struggled at times -- he allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in five of six innings -- but he limited the damage enough to win his 14th game. He got treatment before the game for neck spams, which affected his pitching. He said his neck was stiff from the third inning on. "I think you could see my body was starting to fly open and my elbow wasn't as high as I wanted it to be," Iwakuma told the Seattle Times. "I got very lucky for the win."

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
2 weeks ago

Iwakuma (13-7) pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out eight in Monday's win over the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma has caught fire over his last two starts, throwing 14.1 scoreless innings while mustering a dazzling 15:1 K:BB ratio. The 35-year-old is already just two wins shy of his 2014 career high, and sports a sub-4.00 ERA for the fifth time in five MLB seasons. He has faced four straight top-seven offenses in what has been a daunting stretch, but should head into Sunday's road matchup with the much less dangerous A's lineup brimming with confidence after exiting that gauntlet with a 3-1 record.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
3 weeks ago

Iwakuma (11-7) scattered five and struck out seven over 7.1 scoreless innings in Wednesday's win against the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Despite his frustrating inconsistency at times this season, Iwakuma is tied for fourth in the AL with 12 quality starts in 2016. He had his best stuff working in this one as he threw 75 percent of his pitches for strikes. Iwakuma baited Boston's heavy hitters into 12 fly outs while putting on one of his best performances of the year. His next scheduled start comes Tuesday at home against Detroit.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
4 weeks ago

Iwakuma (11-7) gave up five earned runs on eight hits and a walk over three innings in Friday's 12-1 loss to the Cubs. He struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran righty couldn't sustain his recent stretch of strong pitching, with the Cubs getting to him early. Iwakuma gave up a two-RBI single to Chris Coghlan in the second, which was followed by another run-scoring hit by Kris Bryant a batter later. Jason Heyward blasted a 390-foot two-run homer that plated Ben Zobrist in the very next frame, which was Iwakuma's last after 60 pitches. The outing put an end to a five-start winning streak for the 35-year-old, but he'll try to rebound against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
1 month 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 month 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 months 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.