Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 3 days ago

Iwakuma (0-3) was tagged for five runs on seven hits over five innings in a loss to the visiting Astros on Wednesday. He struck out seven and walked two.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although the early returns haven't exactly been outstanding, Iwakuma does own a 25:9 K:BB, suggesting better times should be ahead. Iwakuma's been a highly reliable starter when healthy throughout his MLB career, so there's no reason to think he won't stabilize his numbers in time.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 1 week ago

Iwakuma (0-2) allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three over eight innings, but received no decision Friday at the Angels.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Despite an solid outing, Iwakuma allowed solo homers in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Mariners were unable to give him enough run support for a win. For the first time this season, he allowed fewer baserunners than innings pitched, and lowered his WHIP to 1.35. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Astros.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 1 week ago

Iwakuma will start Friday against the Angels in place of Felix Hernandez (illness), Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 35-year-old will be forced to move up a day with Hernandez unavailable, but he will be on regular rest. Iwakuma took the loss to the Yankees his last time out, allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three over seven innings. He has a 15:6 K:BB in 18 innings this season.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 2 weeks ago

Iwakuma (0-2) gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks over seven innings, striking out three, in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Yankees.

Competitive Edge Analysis

In a clash of former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammates, Iwakuma dropped the decision to Masahiro Tanaka. Iwakuma has yet find his groove this season and now has a 4.50 ERA and 12:4 K:BB through 18 innings and three starts. He'll look for a better result next Saturday when the M's head to Anaheim to take on the Angels.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 3 weeks ago

Iwakuma (0-1) lost to the Rangers despite walking only one and striking out seven on Monday, allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Iwakuma would probably like to face someone other than the Rangers at this point, as he is winless with a 4.09 ERA through two starts against them to open the season. The Japanese pitcher has never finished with an ERA over 3.54 in four previous MLB seasons, but he's unlikely to start working his way closer to that number with a tricky road matchup with the Yankees next up on the docket Sunday.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 4 weeks ago

Iwakuma took a no-decision Tuesday against the Rangers as he allowed two runs on six hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out five.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Iwakuma was held to just 90 pitches in his first start of the season, and unfortunately for him the Mariners grabbed the lead the inning after he was removed. Iwakuma was sharp, as he tossed 17 first pitch strikes to 24 batters and threw just 21 balls. The shoulder injury that kept him from signing with the Dodgers this season didn't appear to be an issue, as this start was roughly in line with Iwakuma's overall production from 2015 (3.54 ERA in 129.2 innings).

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 1 month ago

Iwakuma allowed one run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings in his final spring tune-up Thursday and pronounced himself ready for the regular season, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Iwakuma, who threw 24 pitches, 14 for strikes, faced what was essentially San Diego's Double-A club, but the purpose was just to stay on regular rest for his Tuesday season debut against the Rangers. Iwakuma didn't have a great spring -- he gave up eight runs in 12 innings in four Cactus League starts. But he stayed injury free, which is his key to the season. "I'm satisfied with where I'm at right now," he said. "Like I said the other day after my last start, I'm ready to go for the season. [Thursday] I just wanted to tune it up with a couple of pitches, and I was able to do that."

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 2 months ago

Iwakuma will likely be the No. 2 starter for the Mariners behind Felix Hernandez, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This isn't surprising, as the next competitors for the spot are Wade Miley and Taijuan Walker, both of whom have not had the same success as Iwakuma in the majors. Barring any extraneous circumstances, Iwakuma's first regular season start will come April 5 against the Texas Rangers.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 2 months ago

Iwakuma breezed through two innings in his spring debut Sunday, throwing 17 of 23 pitches for strikes, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Iwakuma dealt with a shoulder injury last season and failed a physical after signing with the Dodgers this offseason. He and the Mariners say he's healthy now, though. "First game in a long time," Iwakuma said. "I wanted to get back in to get back in the groove and get a feel for every pitch. I felt I was able to command every pitch on each corner. So, overall, I think I passed the test." Iwakuma got four ground outs, one pop-up and only fly out.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 4 months ago

Iwakuma agreed to a one-year contract with the Mariners on Thursday. The deal includes options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Iwakuma was set to join the Dodgers before failing his physical, but the Mariners were apparently comfortable with his medical history, and he is now back with the only MLB team he has played for. The failed physical raises a red flag on Iwakuma's health, but as long as he is not dealing with something serious, he will likely slot back into the No. 2 starter role behind Felix Hernandez.